Uncharted movie loses David O. Russell - Report

Negotiations with <i>I Heart Huckabees</i> director fall through, film not expected until at least 2012.

The director of I Heart Huckabees apparently does not "heart" the idea of directing a film based on Uncharted. Not enough, at any rate.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that negotiations between Sony-owned Columbia Pictures, the film's producers, and David O. Russell have fallen through. In May, the paper was the first to report that the director with art-house leanings was being considered for what is expected to be a blockbuster action adaptation of Naughty Dog's hit PlayStation 3 franchise.

With Russell out of the picture, the Times reports that the studio is starting over and considering a different approach. The paper suggests that Columbia and the producers may try to attach stars to play the male and female leads in the movie before testing the waters again in search of a director. Regardless of how they go about it, the film is now expected to be definitely pushed back to a 2012 or later release.

With Russell out of the picture, hope for a Jon Brion soundtrack is fading fast.

While Russell's take on the series would have been interesting to see, the director was never a natural choice to head up a big-budget action film. His 1994 debut Spanking the Monkey was a black comedy about an incestuous relationship, while 2004's I Heart Huckabees was a philosophical comedy featuring an all-star cast portraying people in desperate search of themselves. There was a fair bit of action in Russell's Three Kings, in which a trio of American soldiers look to steal Iraqi gold in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, but the film was a far cry from the carefree tone of the Uncharted games.

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random3905
random3905

make an infamous movie i mean what can go wrong?

Blood_Diamond
Blood_Diamond

hmmm deep down i think this film will flop... just like every other game based moive... bar the resident evil they seem to have done okay

crossaxe
crossaxe

By the sound of it it will be better without him

daveg1
daveg1

why would they want some guy who does smochy crap to direct a action flick? they should get someone with a better action pedigree..

magusat999
magusat999

Pushing it out to 2012 means there will be no movie. That's what they do when they have no plans of releasing something - they know people won't be hyped over it by that time and news of it will melt away unnoticed.

strayfies
strayfies

Didn't that director flip out on an actress once on set? I seem to remember him and Lucy someone going crazy at each other.

Rakolazagiz
Rakolazagiz

Well non of the video games based movies were very good, so i think they shoud just focuse on another Uncharted title.

THORINATOR
THORINATOR

Oh yeah, btw i agree with everyone else here...Nolan North is essential to play drake, otherwise forget it!! & & &...Naughty dog would have to give their thumbs up to the finished product!

THORINATOR
THORINATOR

An Uncharted movie could be this generations version of Indiana jones. Huge potential but i wouldn't bet a whole lot on this being a blockbuster. David O. Russell isn't much of a loss...Uncharted deserves a big name Peter Jackson, Spielberg, James Cameron, Michael Bay etc. Someone who could do Uncharted justice, although in fairness if someone just took Drake's fortune or among thieves & just copied either story directly from the game they'd have a first class movie.

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

It may be hard to make this movie successful. People are going to be very critical about it.

SilvrSlayr96
SilvrSlayr96

I believe making video game movies are pointless, especially for games that already tell a great story, like Uncharted, and Heavy Rain.

kamizuka
kamizuka

@danielkennedy91 lol no it wont make any one angry as long as it is a good movie

misterbutt
misterbutt

they should just make uncharted 3 and not make a probably terrible movie.

jackdaniel594
jackdaniel594

@ RajBauer while i agree that most game shouldnt be made into movies, there are 3 games i have an exception to - uncharted, infamous and resistance. and last time i checked, all 3 are getting movie remakes

mdg4
mdg4

THIS SUCKS, really looking foward to a film adaptation, : (, at least Uncharted 3 is schedule for Q4 2011 : ) . . . cant wait

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

please don't make civilizations movie, it will anger religious people

RajBauer
RajBauer

Why are they trying to make every video game into a movie? Uncharted plays like a movie. Are they just trying to copy it to real live action. Plus Nolan North's voice is awesome I wont ruin it by having someone else play him.

Griffin_Lord
Griffin_Lord

Also Joss Whedon for director....just saying

Griffin_Lord
Griffin_Lord

I swear to god if they make this movie and Nathan Fillion does not play Drake I will be sorely disappointed, he would be perfect for this role, hell they even designed the character to look and sound like him.

lowkey254
lowkey254

All of the PS3 exclusives can be a movie, excluding Demon Souls. The lack of story and free reign is what gives that game an awesome feel. Tacking a major plot to that would be terrible. I would rather not see them make these movies though, although it would be better than making a movie into a game. Sony will do whatever makes them money in the long run so it's either way with whatever they decide to do.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I think uncharted would make a great movie, the second game practicaly was a movie.

art_of_the_kill
art_of_the_kill

I know Sony has a film division but why are they trying to make every one of their exclusives a film? Let's not forget about the "upcoming" Infamous movie, Heavy Rain movie and even God of War movie.

taino1128
taino1128

I see potential for it to be a good movie, but then again I also did with Max Payne :/

hyksiu
hyksiu

Well why they negotiate with a director of a philisophical comedy? It's unlikely that he'll agree....

thrasher510
thrasher510

I replay Uncharted 2 for it's cinematic moments, a movie couldn't be all that horrible but instead of a different actors face, just do what they did for 300 (everything is digital).

xxsuperbananaxx
xxsuperbananaxx

This movie would've been terrible with him as the director anyway, I'm glad it fell through. If they decide to make an Uncharted movie they need someone to fit the formula better. However the game is practically a movie itself so I don't see why a cinematic version of it is needed.

drumma1
drumma1

JUST MAKE IT STOP!!! no more vide game movies. the always end up not doing justice to the games that there based off of. these film companies need to start coming up with original ideas. other than this uncharted movie,an infamous movie, ghost recon, gears of war, and others are in the making. ugh

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

In my opinion, the game is a movie all in itself, kinda like Grand Theft Auto or something and a motion picture based off of it really doesn't seem necessary to make!!

djb1203
djb1203

nathan fillion is the one and only choice. he would be perfect! but i could live with nolan north.. but after watching the behind the scenes extras i think hes gona need the extra couple years delay to get into shape though lol.

Shooninjo
Shooninjo

i think this movie ever will be released

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Never really got the appeal of the first, but the 2nd one completely blew me away. Great game. It could be a good movie if done right, but like bowlingotter said, it would be hard since it was a game based around a lot of cool existing cinematic moments and situations... I'd at least be interested to see the results they come up with, for sure

kris9031998
kris9031998

OMG!.......there was going to be a UC movie?

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

I absolutely loved these games, but I still don't see the point of making a movie based on Uncharted. Uncharted already pays tribute to Indiana Jones all over the place. It's seems contrary to the point.

MetalGearAndy
MetalGearAndy

AndyAlfredo you have a point. Nolan North is a great choice. The only concern there is can the guy physically act? As a voice actor is work is outstanding and Drake is the spitting image.

MetalGearAndy
MetalGearAndy

Can't wait for this film. I think David Boreanez would be a good choice as Drake.

AndyAlfredo
AndyAlfredo

Nolan North should play Drake. End of story.

firehawk998
firehawk998

The only actor that reminds me of Drake is Nathan Fillion. From his acting, dialouges,etc especially from SERENITY reminds of Nathan Drake.

Dan21278
Dan21278

Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg I would to see one of them play a the lead role in this film. DAMN!! That would have been perfect cause Wahlberg and Russell have already worked together in three kings!!! shame... a damn shame

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

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green_dominator
green_dominator

If they get the right director and producer this could be awesome, I doubt the most obvious choice would ever happen, the Spielberg/Lucas team has already done films like this and I think if they were asked they'd say something like "if we do it we may as well make another indy movie, NO." I think a good choice of directer would be John Carpenter, he's no stranger to action films and he pus a good amount of comedy in and he knows how to make a good villain and interesting heroes. I'm just not sure he'd be willing to do a licensed film.....

g0ddyX
g0ddyX

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), The Mummy (Brendan Fraser), National Treasure (Nicolas Cage)... all remind me of Uncharted. Not all video game adaptions are bad. Prince of Persia and Hiteman were pretty good. Anyone remember Wing Commander?

Mike3825
Mike3825

Streeeet Figghhhhteeeerrrrrrrr!

Byaku524
Byaku524

Besides Tomb Raider and Resident Evil...how many video game movies have sucked so far? If they screw this up I swear...

newhighscore
newhighscore

This sounds like good news. Damn near every video game movie SUCKS. Not even up for debate. Hopefully this gets shelfed, and we get a new game instead. Oh, and @ XanderZane, his name is Zack Snyder, not Ryder. He wouldnt be a good fit for this movie imo. I hate to say it, but I think Michael Bay could encompass the action and the cheeziness of Uncharted quite well. But like I said, I hope this, and GoW both get scrapped and dont have their good names dragged thru the mud.

JohnF111
JohnF111

The Librarian movies always reminded me of Uncharted. I think if the movie has a decent budget and a good director then it could do pretty well, sure Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have already done it but then again so has a lot of other movies like The Mummy(to an extent) and National Treasure.

fkbwii
fkbwii

Not looking forward to it. I'd rather have Uncharted 3.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I already have four Uncharted movies. They're called Indiana Jones. :P

XanderZane
XanderZane

This is the best news I've heard all day so far. David Russell isn't an action director. They need to get either J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) Zack Ryder (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch), Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Darkman, Evil Dead 2, Drag Me To Hell) or Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, Valkyrie, X-Men/X-Men 2, X-Men Origns) to do this movie. My vote is for Zack Ryder, because he's so good with details. I could even see Steven Spielberg doing this since he already has with Indiana Jones, but we really want someone fresh to take over the reigns. So who do you think should be the director? Will it make any difference on whether the movie will suck or not?