Rumor: Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to Reunite for UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE? Mark Wahlberg to Star?

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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.

uncharted_drakes_fortune_video_game_box_art_01Wahlberg and Russell have teamed up quite frequently over the years to stunning results – Three Kings anyone? In Russell I trust, but in this case, Wahlberg just isn’t right for the role of Nathan Drake, fortune hunter and adventure extraordinaire. Why not just nab Nolan North, the guy who voiced the character in the game? Or even Nathan Fillion, who has been lobbying for the role since mid-October? I’m all over the casting of De Niro and Pesci – the two are an amazing onscreen duo, having paired up for Martin Scorsese three times before with Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino – but Wahlberg just doesn’t fit.

All of this is just a rumor [via Showbiz 411] now, mind you, but a troubling one. Part of the problem with films based on video games is they fail to capture the essence of the source material. Remember when Universal opted for zombies-run-amok as opposed to demons-from-Hell in their horrendous big-screen adaptation of Doom? I sure do. In this instance, Drake embodies the heart and soul of the game. His casting is perhaps the most important detail, moreso than the FX, story, or supporting roles. Drake’s role requires an actor with charisma, charm; not just machismo. Think Indiana Jones sprinkled with a tad of Jack T. Colton from Romancing the Stone. Does that sound like anything Wahlberg could pull off?




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  • Me.

    Hahaha…

    Wait, who would De Niro and Pesci play, respectively?

    • Dichotomize

      De Niro & Pesci would probably play Gabriel Roman & Sully, respectively. They’re pretty terrible choices for those roles, but I can’t really imagine who else they would portray.

  • Todd

    Aww come on! Feel the Wahlberg love. That guy is so underrated.

    • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

      I know! He’s a great.. um.. a great.. gym.. gym guy.. that’s it. Actor? Terrible.

  • Tony

    I love Wahlberg, but come on, Fillion is the man for this role.

  • Bogie

    The movie is officially ruined.

  • Zjejn

    Nathan Fillion was born for this role. I love Wahlberg, but I agree, he doesn’t fit this role.

    • Brian

      Correction. (insert video game character’s name that I don’t know because I don’t play on the garbage gaming platform known as console) was born to play Nathan Fillion!

  • http://twitter.com/GaryCrazyBusey Satan Klaus

    If anyone should be playing the part it would be Nolan North… :P

    • http://awesomesauce.blogg.se tigersuit

      No, it should be Nathan Fillion. Fillion is a better actor. And Naughty Dog has said themselves that they would want to see Nathan Fillion do it, seeing as their big fans of Firefly.(But don’t get me wrong, I love Nolan North, but fillion is a better choice for the film)

    • http://awesomesauce.blogg.se tigersuit

      No, it should be Nathan Fillion. Fillion is a better actor. And Naughty Dog has said themselves that they would want to see Nathan Fillion do it, seeing as their big fans of Firefly.(But don’t get me wrong, I love Nolan North, but fillion is a better choice for the film)

      • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

        Hey, that “:P” at the end of the sentence meant he was joking. Fillion fans *rolleyes*

  • Anthony

    Mark Wahlberg would be fine as Nathan Drake, but I do agree that Fillion would be better. DeNiro and Pesci as Roman and Sully? I can see DeNiro as Sully but Pesci doesn’t fit anywhere. If I had to cast Roman right away I’d say maybe Ed Harris?

  • loudwhisper

    Shouldn’t cast a guy simply because they look like a character. Fillon can’t do the job, which is why the superior Wahlberg is gonna do it.

    • http://awesomesauce.blogg.se tigersuit

      Wrong. Have you even played the game? Wahlberg is a bad choise. Fillion is pitch-perfect for Nathan Drake, and not just because of his looks. Ever watched Firefly? then you would know what i mean.

      • Jeff Ames

        Oh wow – I completely forgot about Firefly! I’m sold!

      • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

        Excuse me, are you Fillion’s b**ch? If not, keep this up and you soon will be :)

    • http://awesomesauce.blogg.se tigersuit

      Wrong. Have you even played the game? Wahlberg is a bad choise. Fillion is pitch-perfect for Nathan Drake, and not just because of his looks. Ever watched Firefly? then you would know what i mean.

    • LisaM

      I think Wahlberg is a pretty bad choice for the role. I’ve seen some of his movies and i just don’t see him as nathan drake. what a disappointment.

  • Beezer

    I’m surprised anyone is actually behind Wahlberg for this role. That midget can’t act for shit! he can play the Boston tough guy because that’s the role he played his whole life. These rumors are hopefully just that and someone with some brains will decide on a great cast. It seems so funny that a lot of the fan suggestions for the actors to portray the characters are really great (minus Fillion, sorry just too fat and old). This Drake role should be looked at as a star maker not just a slot to be filled by a so called “marquee” name. If you look at Wahlbergs’ record he CAN NOT carry a film as the star and his box office reflects that. He has gained any acclaim by being part of a great ensemble cast. He ruined MAX PAYNE please don’t let him ruin Nathan Drake.

  • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

    Now this better be a hard R — you can’t have Joe Pesci around and not let him curse a lot

  • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

    By the way, I did not click any of these SKYLINE ads yet.. its site started to load, instead of COLLIDER. Annoying.

    • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

      (plus, it’s crap.. if it were a good movie..)

  • Byaar

    He is a good actor when he doesn’t has directors that require him to pose every statement as a question (eff you, M. Night!). He was great in The Departed, Boogie Nights, I Heart Huckabees and the upcoming The Fighter.
    With Russell as the director again, I have high hopes for Wahlberg.

    • Byaar

      *doesn’t HAVE directors, dammit!

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  • Malaguy

    I lost faith in this movie the second they hired ego-maniac David O. Russell as the director. Therefore, I can’t lose faith in this casting choice, since there is none left to lose.

  • Joeldvs

    Walherg is going to ruin this movie.

  • Fuckyou

    Fuck anyone who says Wahlberg can’t act. Boogie Nights, The Departed, I <3 Huckabees, Three Kings = Good directors getting a great performance out of him. Max Payne, The Happening,etc. = Shitty hack directors who steer him into bad performances. I mean, come the fuck on, people, he has some serious talent, it's just that he needs a good director to get a good performance out of him. O. Russell is a good director, so calm the fuck down.

    • Bogie

      He can’t act for shit. Donnie Wahlberg is a much better actor than he is but forget the acting part of it the role just doesn’t fit him.

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Why don’t they look at Mark Wahlberg’s last attempt at a computer game adaption – Max Payne. I could literally vomit into my mouth, choke on it and then vomit again at this news.

  • Trick

    This would be an interesting vehicle for Wahlburg
    I mean, his acting is not the best in Hollywood, but it IS a video game adaptation..
    With the casting of Pesci and De Niro, theyre obviously going for an over-the-top , fantastical film, a film in which Wahlburg might fit
    And in the hands of a competent director, he might thrive..
    Fillion would be a good alternate, but if the studios are looking for some star power (as they clearly are), they couldn’t go wrong with Wahlburg

    • Bogie

      The movie IS the star here. This is a perfect example of Hollywood just not getting it. The Uncharted movie with a great cast THAT FIT THE ROLES will make much more money in the long run than some mashed together piece of Hollywood bullshit that just uses the Uncharted name and fucks the fans over in order to have a good opening weekend. This could be the next Indiana Jones and regardless of what anyone thinks of Wahlberg as an actor he has NO charisma. He doesn’t have what it takes to pull it off and who the hell is Pesci supposed to be? he doesn’t fit any role from the game. If they did an exact copy of the game and had a great cast with unknown actors who fit the role this movie would be great but instead they are going the same route as every other video game adaptation so I’d rather just wait for Uncharted 3 and 4 and hope this movie falls apart in pre-production and never gets made in the first place.

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