Sony’s film adaptation of Uncharted is being completely rebooted and they’re now starting from scratch with the newly appointed director, Neil Burger. The original director, David O. Russell, was given the boot after he proposed to fuck everything up by completely deviating from many central game elements and by wanting to cast Mark Wahlberg for the role of Nathan Drake.
Burger’s been involved with a fair amount of press in promoting the DVD release of his most recent film, Limitless. While remaining tight-lipped in regards to Uncharted, he has mentioned that the studio is in the process of writing an entirely new screenplay wherein the game’s plot will be prominently featured.
In an interview with We Got It Covered, Burger is quoted:
We’re re-writing the script from scratch, and I’m just jumping into that literally right now, about to close the deal and leap off. Until the screenplay is written you never know who’s going to be acting in it or not. But there are a lot of good actors out there who even look like Nathan Drake and who could do it.
Basically, Mark Wahlberg is definitely not a candidate and no casting decisions have been made as of yet.
With Crave, he said:
Mainly we’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame… It’s really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters. So, you know, there’s a lot of cool, really intense things that, if they work for the film’s story, I want to use them.
This says to me, “I actually want this movie to have some sort of foundation in the material on which it’s based.” Awesome! We’ll see if it actually happens that way.