Uncharted film loses another director

Limitless director Neil Burger off project based on Naughty Dog's action game; National Treasure scribes rewriting script.

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The Uncharted film has lost another director. Variety reports today that Limitless director Neil Burger has left the project after coming aboard during July 2011. Burger replaced I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell, who left the captain's chair for the film in May 2011.

It's a game of musical chairs for the Uncharted film director's position.

The site also reveals that National Treasure writers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley have been tapped to rewrite the untitled movie's script for Sony Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, and Arad Productions. According to the report, a new director for the Uncharted film will not be named until the Wibberleys complete their script.

Announced in 2009, the Uncharted movie was at one time believed to star Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, The Other Guys) as Nathan Drake, with either Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, The Island) or Amy Adams (Catch Me If You Can, Julie & Julia) playing Drake's love interest Elena. Robert De Niro (Goodfellas, Meet the Parents) and Joe Pesci (Home Alone, Casino) were also reportedly involved, cast as Drake's father and uncle, respectively. It is unclear if any of these actors remain attached to the project.

Discussion

180 comments
mikeerik
mikeerik

We don't need it. The uncharted series is film like enough.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

nobody wants to find treasure in a movie.

darksiED70
darksiED70

I like the nathan drake character more than indiana jones and they had to pick no talent marky mark to play the character? didnt he fruk up the max payne character already? He's nobody but an older shia lebouf. Hollywood needs to start looking for real talent.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Sometimes I think game companies would be better served by having someone write a tight script based on their characters and making a CGI movie using the same stellar voice talent that they have in their videogames.  Then you don't have to worry about which actors sound like or looks like your favorite game characters.  And you can do all sort of things that would be way too expensive to do in a live-action flick.

 

Many of these companies are now making trailers that are even more impressive than their big movie counterparts.  I'd be willing to take a chance and go see what they could do if they had a full 90 minutes to tell a story.

ADPowers
ADPowers

As an Uncharted fan I personally think they shouldn't do a movie. If they do make the movie it needs the cast from the game, especially Nolan North. The game creators let Nolan put alot of his own personality into the Nathan Drake character. So in my mind there is no one who can be Nathan other than Nolan North.

blackothh
blackothh

lol this seems rather silly, movie games are dropping like flys, how about you make uncharted 8 and just film some pro gamer playing through it and call it a movie, sounds easier then making a game movie.

 

megakick
megakick

Just watch Inadiana Jones.

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

give it to Micheal Bay, LOL

iluvOP
iluvOP

National treasure movies are absolutely horrible. I hope they dont ruin this one.

mentalmetal
mentalmetal

i bet the movie never makes to the big screen.

 

and @warhawk-smakaho i agree with your comment, the second part at least. because if the movie does become a reality i will definitely see it.

cursealoud
cursealoud

Fillion is Drake...period. If a director pics anyone outside of him, the movie is doomed to fail. They can actually make this adventure amazing if they bring back the old Indy feel. Please don't overload the movie with a lot of super natural CG nonsense

Conner_Macleod
Conner_Macleod

Victor 'Sully' Sullivan should be played by none other than Bruce Campbell, he was made for that part.  Jason Statham would be a shoe in for Nathan Drake.  Elena Fisher should be played by Elisha Cuthbert of '24' fame.  If they cast these peeps, it'd be a hit.

warhawk-smakaho
warhawk-smakaho

I won't watch it anyway... the game is good enough for the world

farcorners
farcorners

I'm looking forward to this, as Sony has proven capable of writing with uncharted 1 2 and 3 games. Maybe have a mixture of some of the game elempents in the movie?

fester420
fester420

Drake had better kill at least 100 people in this movie, it wouldn't be worth it if he didn't.

rattboy666
rattboy666

Ugh, video game movies never pan out well.  This is gonna be an extra bad Indiana Jones B movie.

toddx77
toddx77

just don't get Uwe Boll to direct it lol.

mike21187
mike21187

Anyone reminded of Uncharted when they watched the motobike chase scene in Tintin? Yeah do that. 

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Just hire whoever will cast Nathan Fillion and I'll be happy.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

Sigh, when will these people learn? There has never been a good video game film adaption. Never. And it doesn't matter how much money or talent you chuck into the production, it'll still be mediocre at best. Case in point - Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil...need I go on?

jark888
jark888

Gerard Butler could be perfect for Nathan Drake character.

kpchrism
kpchrism

Why don't they just produce this in 3D...they can better manage costs and actors, while keeping the look and feel consistent with the franchise.

Cenno_Lebedev
Cenno_Lebedev

Eddie Cibrian would be great to play Drake, i mean hes not old, he could well easily do the sequences, Fillion is great, but abit too old for the first movie i think. Jon Turteltaub direct or Spielberg, who obiously knows Indiana Jones and how to make adventure exciting.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Good god. Just end the production already and cut your lossed befor they get worse. This is a disaster waiting to happen. I don't know if Whalberg is still going to be Drake, but if he is all you need to think about is Max Payne. I never saw it and don't think he was entirely responsible for the crap that movie got, but you would think they would want to put someone else in there, and there is the fact that he absolutely does not fit into anything the uncharted world has.

SkaiNett
SkaiNett

If anyone's going to make this into a movie, at least let Naughty Dog choose the writers and director. And I hope Mark Wahlberg doesn't remain attached to the project. He needs to leave that role for Nathan Fillion. I mean look at him! And his first name is even Nathan like Nathan Drake. What more do you need? I am going to see the movie either way, but I would at least like to leave the theater without dumping my popcorn on the floor, shaking my head, and palming my face. After two directors have left, I'm fairly certain that's where all this is going to lead, but I hope I'm wrong.

Derejin
Derejin

The Uncharted series already aspires to be "movie-like" - a movie on it likely would either seem redundant or an attempt to cash in on the franchise's name when another franchise (or a new one) would suffice.

I mean, they've already got National Treasure, for instance.  There's no need to stand on the IP's shoulders to make this film while stepping on the fans'  toes in the process.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Don't mean to sound like a Debby downer here, but this doesn't look good for the movie. Even if they pull in a good director the screenwriters are still mediocre at best.

Superzone
Superzone

Just.... don't make this.  Please.

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

National Treasure... That's a really good fit lol

cloudvslink91
cloudvslink91

Joss Whedon as Director.

Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake.

Make it happen, Hollywood!

Stolet
Stolet

Uncharted doesn`t need a movie.

wgerardi
wgerardi

 Marianne and Cormac Wibberley? The same idiots behind pieces of shit like: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Shaggy Dog, National Treasure, G-Force, (everything they have ever created). Not that I really had any hope for this film when psycho-boy/mediocre director David O. Russell was at the helm... but with these writers are some of the worst in Hollywood, so I'm just going to ignore it and hope it goes away.

Anstark
Anstark

man if this movie is out and everything was smooth in doing it ....... its going to be a huge hit :)

petran78
petran78

why not a 3D animated movie? game assets are available already

jark888
jark888

 @crunchb3rry The guy has the look. Not so sure if he's up for the character. I think Gerard Butler has the character to be certain.

maddog123
maddog123

 @cloudvslink91 yes, completely agree 100% forever and always, no exceptions, freakin YES do it now hollywood!!!

SkaiNett
SkaiNett

 @wgerardi They also did the story for Bad Boys II which wasn't too bad. Aside from that though, they have no business touching the Uncharted series.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @Anstark With all the changes of the film crew, I think we can say for certain everything is NOT going smooth.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

 @LordRaymond You really think so? Well, I guess there really IS a market for this kind of drivel then.

wgerardi
wgerardi

 @SkaiNett Bad Boys II is fun, but its still a dumb/bad movie. I don't want "dumb fun" with Uncharted :/ I want to see an auteur make it like, Del Toro, Nicolas Refn, Jee-woon Kim, Joon-ho Bong, etc. etc.- pay them a huge sum of money to take Uncharted to the next level, instead of just pushing out some fucking turd and shoving it down our throats.

Anstark
Anstark

 @DarkSaber2k well i try to be optimistic , who knows maybe they will find a better director and everything will be good :3

SkaiNett
SkaiNett

 @wgerardi Not so sure Del Toro would be the best choice for a franchise like Uncharted , but I get what you're saying and I agree. It's starting to feel like these guys are going to just put some generic, sub-par film adaptation of the game. If they really want to make a good movie, they need to really put in the work and not skip corners, regardless of the time and cost. Otherwise this is just going to be a waste of time.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @Anstark Optimism and "game to movie adaptation" are absolutely mutually exclusive.