Neil Burger to Write and Direct UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE

     July 7, 2011

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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.

It’s unknown whether Mark Wahlberg will stay on board to play treasure hunter Nathan Drake now that O. Russell has left the project.  Burger’s Limitless star Bradley Cooper wouldn’t make a bad Drake, but I’m sure fans are busily writing letters encouraging the casting of Nathan Fillion.  When they find a way to convince Sony to put Uncharted on hold so Fillion can shoot it during the hiatus of his TV show (which would be next year), let me know.

As for Burger, I dug The Illusionist and even though Limitless left me cold, that was mostly a script issue.  I’m eager to learn about his take on Uncharted, but I hope it’s not simply “There will be fewer painfully long gunfights and Drake will kill less than 800 dark people.”  Personally, I’d like to see the characters transplanted into a new adventure, but then fans would complain about why they didn’t use the story from Drake’s Fortune even though the story is threadbare, predictable, and anti-climactic.

The third installment in the video game series, Uncharted: Drake’s Deception hits stores on November 11th.

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