Tom Rothman. If you pay close attention to genre filmmaking, then you’re probably right to be concerned when you hear that name. This is the guy that “didn’t get” Deadpool, and put it on the shelf for years. This is the guy that ordered the original X-Men and Fantastic Four be made on shoe-string budgets (so far as superhero movies are concerned) and offered no support from the studio. And this is the guy that oversaw not just one, but two crap-tacular Alien Vs. Predator movies. And now he’s had another bright idea: Let’s make an Unchartedmovie about a young Nathan Drake! (more…)
If there’s a video game franchise that epitomizes the so-called “curse” in adapting these games to movies, it’s Uncharted. The globe-trotting adventures of Nathan Drake are ideally constructed to make for an easy transfer from consoles to cinemas as Hollywood has a long tradition of movie heroes chasing MacGuffins from one location to the next. But seven years after Uncharted was first optioned by Sony Pictures, it’s been stuck in development hell as a rotating door of creators and actors have passed through and back out again. So what are they going to do now? Bring in another new creator of course, this time in the person of Joe Carnahan. (more…)
In yet another great attempt to produce a video game movie that doesn’t suck, the folks at Sony are the road to bringing Unchartedto life. It’s been a hard ride, however, and several names have flipped through the director’s chair before Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) finally settled his butt there. Now, after all the delays and reshuffling, it looks like Gordon is ready to commit to a timetable regarding the shooting of the flick. Scroll on to see what he had to say about the film, from casting a lead actor to keeping in line with the story of the original games. (more…)
For those that have been holding their breath that Hollywood’s plans to turn the Unchartedvideo game franchise into a live-action film will bear fruit, there is good news coming across the Internetz today. It appears as if the project has officially signed on a (new) director. After many long months in limbo, it looks like Seth Gordon will be taking on this task. (more…)
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?
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:
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Mario and Luigi have been fighting Koopas for a long time now, eventually they’d need to try out some new moves. Watch the Mario Bros. train with nunchucks to what of course must their favorite training tune. (Fashionably Geek)
The guys and gals at Playstation have had some awesome commercials in the past, they’ve made tons off their character Kevin Butler, but this takes it to a new level.
The premise: A mass meeting of characters from every major franchise in the Playstation catalog thanking the gamer “Michael” for saving them, or their world. The actors playing said franchise hits are damn well spot on too, going right down to the finest details of each character.
Sure, they are doing this to sell games, but to have characters like Drake and Kratos saying “thank you” to someone who spent hours playing them is pretty touching. See how many cameos you can spot.
Makes that ass dent in your couch worth it now, doesn’t it?
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.