Sony Pictures is moving forward with their adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, as the project now has new writers. Variety reports that Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure) will rewrite the script which was previously written by Neil Burger. The Ilusionist and Limitless director signed on to write and direct Uncharted last summer, but Variety now notes that he’s no longer involved with the project. He recently entered talks to direct the young adult adaptation Divergent, so that may have had something to do with his departure.
Uncharted has been in development for quite some time, and before Burger was attached it was David O. Russell that was planning on directing. Sony now wants to wait until the Wibberleys finish their script before they start the search for another director.
The sci-fi thriller Limitless, available on DVD and Blu-ray on July 19th, is an intense and gripping adrenaline rush, starring Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, a burnt-out writer who discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his brain’s capacity. He instantly acquires mind-bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him everything he could have ever dreamed or desired, but his life soon becomes a waking nightmare, as the drug’s brutal side effects take their toll. Now with an unrated extended cut, an alternate ending, making of features, deleted scenes and audio commentary, the box office success can be enjoyed even further on DVD and Blu-ray.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Limitless director Neil Burger talked about how excited he is for people to see the extended cut that is wilder and more extreme than the PG-13 theatrical release, why it took time to perfect the ending of the film, how he believes you shouldn’t reveal everything with the audio commentary, and that he was relieved with how successful the film was. He also talked about recently signing on to helm the big screen adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, rewriting the script and starting over from scratch, how the already cinematic video game has a great character and some intense moments that he’s looking forward to translating for film, and that he hopes to take fans of the game and moviegoers on an exhilarating ride. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Neil Burger (Limitless) has signed on to write and direct the adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Burger replaces David O. Russell who left the project in May after Sony disagreed with O. Russell’s decision not to give fans exactly what they think they wanted (which, if it’s a straight adaptation of Drake’s Fortune, is just a video game they can’t play). Variety reports that “producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner sparked to [Burger's] new take on the pic.”
Hit the jump for more on Uncharted.
Yesterday, we reported that director David O. Russell had left Sony’s adaptation of their hit video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. No reason was given at the time but it looked like O. Russell was moving on to direct an adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook instead. Today, 24 Frames has new details on O. Russell’s departure from the project. It appears that O. Russell’s script was so long, ambitious, and perhaps most damning (from Sony’s perspective), it added plenty of characters who weren’t in the video game. As we reported last year, O. Russell had apparently changed Nathan Drake from a lone adventurer to a participant in a family of treasure hunters. That change wasn’t totally surprising considering that most of O. Russell’s filmography explores family dynamics, but for fans and for Sony, such a change is probably anathema to what they want: their video game faithfully transplanted to the big screen.
Sony will hire a new director and screenwriter to work from an earlier draft by Conan the Barbarian screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Mark Wahlberg has most likely left the project and a summer 2012 release looks doubtful.
David O. Russell has dropped out of directing the adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The news doesn’t come as a total surprise since a couple weeks ago we learned that O. Russell was keen to adapt the novel The Silver Linings Playbook with Mark Wahlberg attached to star. Deadline reports that Sony is hiring a new writer and they’re still determined to make the movie. A new writer makes sense since O. Russell’s take on the material wasn’t a straight adaptation of the video game but rather recast protagonist Nathan Drake (played by Wahlberg) as part of a family of treasure hunters that would include his father and uncle with Wahlberg keen to have Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci play those roles.
Presumably, if O. Russell is out, then Wahlberg might leave the project as well and he has plenty of other movies he could make instead. If that’s the case, then expect fans to renew their cries that Nathan Fillion should play Drake.
When we last heard about David O. Russell’s adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, it looked like Mark Wahlberg was set to play lead character Nathan Drake while Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were being courted for a family dynamic storyline. Not so fast, says Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception video game director Justin Richmond. Richmond tells Joystiq “First of all, all that stuff was denied by David O. Russell. He actually called us up and was like, ‘I don’t know what these guys are talking about.’” They were talking about what O. Russell reportedly told the L.A. Times, when he said,
“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 antiquities … [a family] that deals with 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. 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 to me.”
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Back in October, we reported that actor Nathan Fillion had begun a Twitter campaign to get himself the lead role in David O. Russell’s adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Last month, we learned that the role had gone to frequent O. Russell collaborator, Mark Wahlberg. However, it looks like no one told Fillion fan, “gregblessing27″, as he asked Russell point blank to cast Fillion. While I agree that Fillion would be a better choice for the role than Wahlberg, O. Russell clearly feels comfortable in his relationship with Wahlberg and Sony, the studio behind the film and the game, probably prefers to have an actor with Wahlberg’s name recognition attached to the project.
Of course, it’s unknown if Uncharted will be O. Russell’s next project as he’s also considering Old St. Louis and The Silver Linings Playbook. Hit the jump to check out the video and be uncomfortable. O. Russell’s new film, The Fighter, is currently in theaters and you should check it out even though it doesn’t star Nathan Fillion.
While doing press for his new film The Fighter, writer-director David O. Russell talked about his upcoming movie: an adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. While the game centers on protagonist Nathan Drake’s search to find El Dorado (and killing a disturbing number of henchmen along the way), according to 24 Frames, O. Russell’s adaptation will “include Drake’s extended family — and put them in fraught, globetrotting situations with some of the world’s most influential people.” This coincides with an earlier statement from Mark Wahlberg (who’s playing Drake) that they’re trying to get Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to play Drake’s father and uncle, respectively.
Hit the jump for more on what O. Russell had to say about what attracted him to Uncharted.
Earlier this month, we reported the rumor that Mark Wahlberg was to play the lead in David O. Russell’s adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. We also reported that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were in talks to co-star. Speaking to MTV, Wahlberg has now clarified those rumors. He confirms that he will play the lead role of adventurer Nathan Drake (sorry, Nathan Fillion). It will be his fourth film with O. Russell. Said Wahlberg,
“David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with. The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”
Hit the jump for how De Niro and Pesci fit into the picture and my thoughts on Wahlberg as Drake.
by Jeff Ames Posted: November 12th, 2010 at 1:53 pm
Okay, now I’m starting to get worried. At the beginning of October, word broke that filmmaker David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees) had been tapped to direct a big-screen adaptation of the popular 2007 video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Now it seems that Russell, who is evidently also writing a completely new screenplay, is bringing Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci along for the ride – which is great news – and that Mark Wahlberg may star – which is not so great news. Hit the jump for more.
Last week, writer-director David O. Russell left Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and came on board to write and direct and adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. It’s interesting to see O. Russell leave one genre project for another when you consider that his last movie was “an existential comedy”. But who will star as protagonist Nathan Drake? Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion thinks it should be him. Fillion has begun a Twitter campaign to have his almost 650,000 followers cheer for him to get the role. Hit the jump for why I think Fillion would be great for the part and the obstacles I see in the way of him getting it.
The idea of a David O. Russell adaptation of the action-adventure video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune has been in the back of our minds all summer. Columbia Pictures has made it official, hiring Russell to write and direct the film, which tracks the journey of Nathan Drake: Treasure Hunter. I’ve never played, but Matt is a fan of the game, and does a great job of breaking down the pros and cons of Russell’s style and the cinematic suitability of the game in the initial post.
Russell’s boxing movie The Fighter is in the can, which hits theaters on December 10th with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams headlining. The writer/director has Old St. Louis with Vince Vaughn and Chloe Moretz on the horizon, which recently pulled him away from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Hit the jump for the official Uncharted announcement.
David O. Russell’s last film was I Heart Huckabees, an “existential comedy.” While his next film, The Fighter, is due out in theaters this year, 24 Frames reports that he’s on the shortlist to helm an adaptation of the PlayStation 3 video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. So to be clear: existential comedy…to adaptation of action-adventure video game. And yes, O. Russell is also attached to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I can’t see that having the price tag of a film like Uncharted and the director’s filmography shows he gravitates to off-kilter stories. “Off-kilter” is not one of the terms I’d used to describe Uncharted.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Uncharted follows treasure-hunter Nathan Drake (descendant of Sir Francis Drake) and his search to find the lost city of El Dorado. Some have deemed it “Dude Raider” due to the premise’s similarity to the video game series Tomb Raider. However, Uncharted has yet to wear out its welcome and the games are well-made and fun (Even the first Tomb Raider games kind of suck). That’s why it’s a bad idea to make it into a movie. Hit the jump for my explanation why.
After countless players marveled at Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and commented that it feels like a movie, Sony still wants the popular video game franchise to actually be a movie. For those who aren’t aware of the property, the Uncharted franchise features the adventures of Nathan Drake as he hunts for treasure through exotic locations Last summer they hired Hitman 2 writer Kyle Ward to pen an adaptation even though Hitman 2 remains in development hell. However, Latino Review reports that Ward is out and Conan writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer are in to script an adaptation of the first Uncharted game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
While LR doesn’t reveal their source, we trust their info and it’s clear that Sony wants to fast-track the production to seize not only on video game adaptation-mania, but because of the popularity of Uncharted 2 which is being called the Best Video Game of 2009. Let’s just hope that Donnelly and Oppenheimer can get a good job done so we can move on to speculating and arguing about who should play protagonist (I say Nathan Fillion and so should you).