Director Neil Burger‘s (The Illusionist) latest project, an adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent series of young adult adventure fiction, premiered its first trailer at the MTV VMA awards show over the weekend. It’s another of those Hollywood projects that got fast tracked after the success of The Hunger Games. Can this franchise capitalize on and capture a world audience or will it sputter out like so many others?
Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, DIVERGENT is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless—the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet—deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world—or destroy it.
The Divergent cast is rounded out by Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Pfeiffer, and Ashley Judd.
Have you read the series? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Divergent hits theater screens on March 21st, 2014. Will your butt be in a theater seat opening weekend?
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.
It appears that the film adaptation of Playstation’s Uncharted: Drakes Fortune is back on track after the departure of writer/director David O. Russel (Three Kings, The Fighter) this past may. Sony announced yesterday that ‘Limitless’ filmmaker Neil Burger will now sub for Russell on the project, which may or may not proceed with Mark Wahlberg (was David O. Russel’s top pick for the role) as the intrepid treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who, in his first adventure, battles mutants, pirates, and double-crossers to find the legendary treasure of El Dorado.
Burger is an interesting choice to helm Uncharted. Sure, Limitless was both a critical and commercial success for Relativity Media, but the movie about a writer that accesses 100 per cent of his brain after taking a new drug isn’t Burger’s first brush with genre film. The nerdy amongst us might remember his mesmerizing 2006 film The Illusionist, about a turn of the 20th century magician played by Edward Norton. Burger made the film on a relatively (in Hollywood terms) small budget, but it got lost in the shuffle released just weeks before Christopher Nolan’s high-profile adaptation of The Prestige, which was also about turn of the century magicians. Still, I defy anyone to nitpick the production values of The Illusionist as compared to its big budget cousins.
There’s no word on a potential release date for Uncharted, but Sony has an eye on it becoming an “Indiana Jones style” franchise it can exploit for years to come. Of course, the makers of the Lara Croft movies once had the same idea and we all know how that turned out…
So what do you think of Burger on Uncharted? Good, bad or indifferent? Sound off below.
*Note the above report was written by Nerd Bastards contributor Adam A. Donaldson.