The year of 2012 is drawing to a close and, barring the timely arrival of the end of days, the Academy Awards are just around the corner. As part of getting into the award spirit, The Hollywood Reporter conducts interviews with some of the most talked about names for the season. In one particular roundtable interview, they sit down and talk with directing greats such as Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant and Quentin Tarantino.
Check out the video below to see a few of the best in the business chat about the way they see movies and their jobs as directors. It’s quite enlightening if you happen to have an interest in what goes on behind the camera.
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.
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.
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.
Oh joy, today is a good day. 3 reasons. 1. The scab on my elbow is ripe for the picking; I can’t wait to pluck it and roll it around in my fingers. 2. Director Albert Hughes leaves Akira. 3. Director David O. Russell quitsUncharted.
Starting with ‘Uncharted’. As most of you know, Sony Pictures plans to make a live-action adaptation of the adventure based video game of the same name. David O. Russel (The Fighter) was attached to direct. His name alone perked interest and gave a sense of faith that Sony might actually make a decent video game movie for once. However, once word got out that Russell was fucking with the source material, fans were not pleased. He had planned to input a heavy family dynamic and have new characters to be played by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.Oh, and Mark Walberg was his top pick for Nathan Drake. I think we all held a figurative gun to our head at that little nugget. Anyway, O. Russel and his ideas are fucking OUTTA HERE. Variety’s Jeff Sneider exclusively reports:
“David O. Russell, who was set to write and produce the bigscreen adaptation of the videoameUncharted: Drake’s Fortune,has left the project over creative differences.”
OK, so we don’t actually know if O. Russell’s departure means that Sony will scrap his family dynamic script. Nor, do we know if Russell’s homeboy, Marc Walberg is going with him. It’s our hope that Sony will find a good director that will honor the source material and pick Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake. That’s all we want.
Moving on to the better news.
Absolutely nobody wants a Americanized, live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo anime/manga, Akira. Seriously, the animated classic is already in peak perfection, anything we Americans do will most likely only cheapen it. And, Hollywood is certainly trying to do everything possible to do just that. Taking neo-Tokyo out of Japan and putting it in Manhattan.Stupid! Not to mention, the studios intent to white-wash the entire project by seeking non-Asian actors for the roles. I mean fuck, Keanu Reeves himself was offered the starring role of Kaneda and he’s quite clearly not Asian. Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy were also persons of interest. Just awful.
Anyway, in recent news, Keanu declined the offer and Warner Bros. had shut down a department working on pre-production. Now it gets even better. Director, Albert Hughes has left the project. Deadline reports:
“Director Albert Hughes is exiting the movie, I’m told. Insiders say that it is an amicable creative differences parting of the ways.”
Blow after blow. This project is dead. It’s gotta be dead, right? Not so fast. Deadline believes Warner Bros. will work quickly to replace him and go back to the film’s original strategy. With the hiring of screenwriter Steve Kloves to reign in the film in the script stage, Warner Bros. now hopes to go back to those younger actors for a more economical retelling of the story. Bah! less money and more teenage heart throbs?! Shoot me now.
Late in 2010, Uncharted 3 director Justin Richmond stated in a interview that David O. Russell (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees) was misquoted about the whole family dynamic plot for the film adaptation of the game that will potentially star Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake and feature Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in supporting roles. Here we are in 2011 and goddamn it, the family dynamic plot is back. In an interview with IGN Movies, O. Russell had this to say:
On What To Expect In The Upcoming Movie Adaptation:
“I think if we take that family dynamic that we have in The Fighter, and put that in terms of a grander stage, with a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities. If you’re the head of a museum, or head of state, you’ve got to deal with them, and they’re badass. They’re like the Sopranos in some ways, but they have great taste, and they have a sense of justice. I would love to do that with Mark [Wahlberg], Robert De Niro, and a couple of hot women, it could be very thrilling.”
On Whether His Take On The Franchise Will Please Fans:
“I don’t think that you can please everybody, but I will tell you this – I won’t make it unless I can make a great movie. I don’t think there are too many games you can play through that make you go – “Well that’ll make a great movie.” There’s not a lot of references on it, so I don’t think there’s a blueprint that says you must directly translate the game to the screen.”
On Why He Chose To Adpat This And Whether We’ll See Any Of The Supernatural Elements From The Games:
“Because it’s centred around a family, and I like the combination of criminals and truth. These guys they’re tough but they’re working on this crazy case, and they can’t do it without truth. I think that’s cool. All I’m going to say – I’m not supposed to talk about it – but what’s wrong with the supernatural?”
Fuck… FUCK! Can someone please tell me where O. Russell is getting all this family crap. Did he just pick out the whole descendant thing from the first game and how Nathan Drake had to steal something from a museum from the second game, mashed those two together and come up with a plot that has nothing to do with the game! How do y’all feel about this? Am I overreacting or are you with me on how I feel about this whole family dynamic crap.
This evening I was fapping to Scarlett Johansson. A bottle of KY Jelly and some Barry White on the Itunes. It was my moment of zen. OK, maybe you didn’t need to know about my masturbation habits. What you may care to know is that director David O. Russel (The Fighter) is a fan of Scar Jo as well. So much so that she is in his thoughts for the role of Elena in upcoming project ‘Uncharted’, based of the acclaimed action-adventure video game series. Elena, an American journalist and TV personality in the game; finding the right lead for this role is a key aspect. At this early stage in the game he hasn’t given too much thought, but the idea of Scar Jo rolled in his head (Like me, he was probably fapping to her. Playing Elena was probably an after thought). In talking about The Fighter, he had this to say:
Oh I would love that too, I love Amy(referring to Amy Adams). I also love Scarlett Johansson; there’s a lot of great actors I think might suit. Hopefully, we’ll see how it works out with everybody who are being scoped to do that role…
So, she is in possible contention. Will it happen? Time will tell. Does she make a good choice. I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Oh, Russel further added his thoughts on the adaptation as well as the possibility of Mark Walberg and Robert De Niro starring. He said:
The game is very cinematic; there’s no question about it. That’s what I’m working on real hard and I’m writing it as we speak and I’m really excited to make it. I’d love Mark to be in it, I’d love Bob De Niro to be in it; I love the idea of growing them into a cinematic family; I think that’s a really cool idea, but… I guess you’ll have to wait until you see the script..
In other casting rumor news, we have actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in talks to join ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Being that he is chummy with Christopher Nolan, working together on ‘Inception’, it’s been assumed he would find his way into the next Batman flick. Deadline says:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to reunite with his Inception director Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises for Warner Bros. I’m not sure what role he’ll play, but I’m told that he will be in the movie when Nolan starts production this spring.
OK, this is completely ridiculous claim on my part, but I’m inclined to think he might make a brief appearance as Heath Ledgers Joker. Insane? I know. Chris Nolan would never do this. He’s spoken admittedly about never replacing Ledger. However, as the years have gone by Levitt, in my opinion has grown to be a Heath Ledger doppelganger. He’s looking and sounding like the late actor day by day. If there was anyone… ANYONE who could remotely fool us into believing a Heath Ledger Joker again it’s Levitt. Take my speculation as you may. Most likely he’ll wind up as some Gotham cop… or something. Either way, it sounds like he’ll round out the cast nicely, with Christian Bale as Batman, Micheal Cane as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane.
About a month ago, nerds went ape shit over Mark Wahlberg being cast as Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted film. While folks were crying that Nathan Fillion should be our Drake, I didn’t mind the news that much as Wahlberg seemed very excited about the project. Then, earlier this month, we got news how the plot of the movie has nothing to do with the video game and that it’ll focus more on a “Family Dyanmic” and that’s when I went ape shit.
Here we are a month later, we may have some news that may please most of y’all and also give us hope as Justin Richmond, the director of Uncharted 3, reveals some things about the upcoming flick. First off, it seems that David O’ Russell may have been misquoted about the film’s plot having a family dynamic as O’Russell gave Richmond a call on the matter and said that he had no idea what these folks were talking about.
Richmond then said that Wahlberg is no where close to being confirmed to play as Drake as it seems to be nothing but a Hollywood rumor. As for Nathan Fillion possibly getting the role as that’s what fans want, Richmond replied by saying “message received.”
So, was Wahlberg talking out of his ass that he is Nathan Drake? Was O’Russell’s interview with LA Times misinterpreted? Who knows? The world of internet is always full of rumors and movie plots can change within an hour. How do y’all feel about this news? Does this news give y’all hope for Fillion as Drake? A plot that may have something to do with the video games? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.
So last week, we all got the news that Mark Wahlberg will be playing the role of Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie and fans were pretty much upset by that news (in which I was okay with). Well, get ready for the whole “Hollywood ruins everything train” as we got director/writer David O’ Russell (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees) giving some info about the plot while talking to the LA Times.
“This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiques,” he says, “[a family] that deals with the heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice.” “We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now,” he continues. “And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea for me.”
Yeah… what does this have to do with Uncharted again? Why is Sony letting this happen?!? Geez, I know that video game based movies aren’t always the best but damn it this is just not right. Uncharted had nothing to do with families, it was more about watching Drake going through an adventure and getting himself out of whatever trouble he ends up in.
What do y’all think? Am I over reacting? You think O’ Russell can get the job done or was this project doom from the start?