Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
And while we all wait on Hollywood to produce something original, here’s a bit of news concerning yet another video game that may end up as a big screen production. This time around, it’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. If you haven’t played the game, it’s your basic treasure-hunting, Indiana Jones-styled game featuring the main character, Nathan Drake, out looking for the lost riches of El Dorado.
This one has been sitting on the shelf for a while and key crew keep rotating through the project every time it stalls or they happen to find better work. The recent loss was that of director Neil Burger, who was also supposed to be handling the scriptwriting portion of the workload.
In order to keep the project going, new writers have been brought on board to retool the script. Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, perhaps best known for writing both National Treasure films, will be taking a shot at it. They may not be known for crafting the best films in the world, but they seem to have a talent for actiony goodness in the family-friendly vein that could work for Uncharted. Not to mention that it’s pretty much 50 percent National Treasure anyways, so it won’t be too much of a stretch for them.
Following the new script, Sony will be looking to snatch up a new director to replace Burger. With any luck, Uncharted may yet make it to production and, if they can make it worth a watch, Sony might have something worthy of some franchise dollars to replicate over the next 20 years.
Any Uncharted fans out there that wanna chime in on this one? Worth trying to make into a movie, or just leave it well enough alone?
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.
While most fans of the Uncharted video game were lamenting the script and casting of the Uncharted movie, YouTube user morphinapg was doing something about it. You see, morphinapg is a big fan of Uncharted. A really, really, big fan with a lot of time on his hands and a damn good eye for video editing. He liked the game so much that he thought the game deserved a good movie.
Check out the rules he laid down for himself in the making of this conversion from video game to movie after the jump:
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.
You read that right folks, during an interview with MTV, Mark Wahlberg confirmed that he will be playing the lead in the upcoming Uncharted film. Wahlberg seems excited about the project and is looking forward to nest summer in which they hope to start filming.
Wahlberg also revealed that David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings) has written the script and will also direct the project. Also, for the first time in the Uncharted universe, we will be introduced to Nathan Drake’s father and uncle, who will be played by Rober De Niro and Joe Pesci (The GoodFellas yo!) respectively.
While I know there was an internet campaign to get Nathan Fillion to play the role of Drake, I’m not that disappointed with this casting news as much as some of you will probably be. As long as Drake’s voice actor, Nolan North, makes some sort of cameo, I’ll be happy.