In a nutshell, Russell was put in charge of writing and directing the adaptation for 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune,' which would have been fine, only he'd never played the games, he wrote a script with complete disregard for the source material, and for some reason gave the lead role to Mark Wahlberg even though Mark Wahlberg couldn't have been a worse choice. For all us gamers who have spent our lives hoping and praying for a video game adaptation that doesn't suck to high heavens, this did not sit well at all.
But now that Russell's no longer attached, it looks like replacement writer/director Neil Burger may actually do this thing justice. While sitting down with We Got This Covered to talk about his last movie, 'Limitless,' Burger went ahead and dished out the goods on how 'Uncharted' is coming along:
We're rewriting 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.Call us crazy, but it sounds like Wahlberg might be on the outs and Nathan Fillion might just get his chance to play his digital doppelganger, Nathan Drake. Here's Burger on whether he'll be sticking close to the source material:
"I love the project, I think it's a great adventure and it's a wild insane ride...the game is and the movie will be. I mean it has pretty great character at its core. Nathan is a bit of a con man, a hustler ... knows his stuff, ballsy .. It's great."
Absolutely. And then you know you have to do what a movie does best, as well ... Build on what's cool about the game and then make it into a movie.For such a great series of games that was in serious danger of becoming yet another unfortunate statistic in the sad history of video games on film, it's big relief to hear that Burger seems to know what the hell he's doing.
"Yeah there will be [balance] in this one, this one is a very great adventure, and it's just a matter of pulling out the very cool, intense stuff that works for the film story and making sure the story supports those elements and also makes us really connected to the character."
Do you think Burger's going to do 'Uncharted' justice?
[via We Got This Covered]