'Uncharted: Drakes' Fortune' has been on the mind of Columbia Pictures for a while now. Over a year ago it was announced that the Sony-owned film company had signed a deal with game developer Naughty Dog to bring their acclaimed adventure series to the big screen. At the time Kyle Ward (who was also attached to the game-related films 'Hitman 2' and 'Kane & Lynch') was set to write the script, but now Sony Pictures Entertainment have sent out a press release revealing that David O. Russell ('Three Kings,' 'I Heart Huckabees,' 'The Fighter') will both write and direct the film for producers Avi and Ari Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.
No timeline is given for the production, so it's unlcear at this stage whether 'Uncharted' will take precedence over 'Old St. Louis,' the film Russell was presumed to have moved onto after 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' fell through due to scheduling conflicts with star Natalie Portman. Regardless of when the film is set to enter production, however, Russell is certainly an interesting pick for the material.
Given that the (excellent) game, which is about an everyman treasure hunter named Nathan Drake who is in pursuit of El Dorado, is often described as a mix of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, one would have assumed that a director known for their action films would have been the go-to. It's nice to see that the producers are instead shooting for a director known for their great character work, which is precisely what separates the 'Uncharted' series from a sea of similarly themed adventure games and movies.
What do you think? Is David O. Russell a good match to bring 'Uncharted' into the film world? If not, who would you rather see?