David O. Russell Officially Directing ‘Uncharted’ Adaptation

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:10 pm,

The cinematic version of horror/classic literary mashup Pride & Prejudice & Zombies was left for dead (*rimshot*) earlier this week when director David O. Russell called it quits.

While Russell was rumored to be looking into Old St. Louis as his next directorial effort, he has now officially signed on with Sony Pictures Entertainment to helm a film adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune instead.

Russell was shortlisted to direct the Uncharted movie last May, but broke off negotiations to direct the adventure game picture just two months ago – in favor of P&P&Z. Sony officials apparently didn’t carry a grudge (publicly) considering, in the recent press release, they describe the Three Kings filmmaker as “a tremendous choice to take on ['Uncharted']… equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences.”

Screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer – who also penned the upcoming Conan reboot – wrote an earlier draft of the Uncharted script. Russell will revise their script for the film, which looks to be his followup to this winter’s Oscar-hopeful, The Fighter.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is an action-adventure game whose plot is in the vein of the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider series. It revolves around Nathan Drake, a descendant of the famous (or infamous, if you’re Spanish) 16th century British seas captain, Sir Francis Drake. Drake goes on a quest to recover the coffin of his forefather, only to discover a far more precious item in the form of a diary that leads him, and journalist Elena Fisher, to El Dorado. Trouble ensues along the way, naturally.

An Uncharted movie has the potential to be a fun, globe-trotting adventure that would introduce a new guns-blazing marauder to the big screen. El Dorado was also the MacGuffin for the second National Treasure movie and the fourth Indiana Jones, so it is not as fresh a plot-driving concept nowadays as it was when the original game debuted back in 2007.

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Russell has (fairly) earned himself a reputation for being a tempestuous director with his previous behavior – which includes a much-publicized incident in which he put Batman director Christopher Nolan in a headlock. Despite his antics, ┬áhe is still a solid filmmaker and should deliver an Uncharted movie that could easily rank among the better video game-to-movie adaptations out there.

We will keep you posted on the status of the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune project as more news comes our way.

Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

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  1. Nathan Drake: Nathan Fillion (there shouldn’t even be another choice)
    Elena Fisher: Rachel Taylor or Kristen Bell
    Sully: J.K. Simmons
    Navarro: Benjamin Bratt
    Roman: Terence Stamp or Alan Dale

    • Agreed Aj, Fillion would be perfect. This is one of the only games i could see being adapted well. Love both games.

      • I’m a big fan of Nathan Fillion, but I still don’t get why so many people think he fits the role. I think David Boreanaz or even Nolan North would both be better.

        Of course I still think the whole idea of making a movie of it defeats the purpose of the games.

        • FIllon is a good choice not only because he’s a good actor but he has the right on screen personality to match Drake. He has similar sense of “smart ass” humor as Drake. Plus he’s no slouch in the stunts/action department. That’s why ppl, myself as well, are hoping he’ll get the part.

          • Exactly what Obg said. I’m sure anyone who even mentions Fillion is a huge Firefly/Serenity fan and the drake character is similar to Mal Reynolds in wit and personality, not saying Fillion is type cast but when I think Drake I think Fillion.

            • i like fillion, but i think nolan north would be the best, sure hes a voice actor but hes done some live action, and he IS the voice of nathan drake and whos appearance was based off of?! but i’d like either. fillion seems a bit to skinny and wiry for drake but still…..

              • What about Jeremy Renner? He has a Drake-ish look to him. And he’s a solid actor.

        • It seems that people want him to play whatever role comes out,but I have to side with the Fillion fanboys on this one,he would be good for the role.

    • Why not Emily Rose for Elena Fisher? I haven’t played the games, but didn’t Rose do both voice-over and motion capture for that character?

      • Not all voice over actors make the physical quality cut for film. Play the game it’s worth it. I don’t think she did stunt mo-cap for the game either

  2. Yeah!!! Ive been waiting for this film the game is awsome!

  3. I totally agree with Nathan Fillion as Drake!!!! If they want someone ‘younger’ then only other person who can play Drake, in my eyes, is Jensen Ackles!!!!!!!! They have to cast Drake perfectly or the movie will suck…basically!

  4. Man, if only Hollywood would make a movie based on a videogame that doesn’t draw inspiration from Hollywood movies. Maybe then we’d have something interesting to watch.

  5. Yes! NATHAN FILLION is the BEST choice to play Nathan Drake! He’s got action hero written all over him, with the biceps to prove it. He’s extremely bright, clever, funny, sexy, young, hot, and devilishly handsome. And Nathan Fillion wants this role as much as we want it for him!

    It’s Nathan Fillion’s turn as a powerful leading man on the big screen. He’s an up-and-coming A-List movie star with moxie and heat and he’s a-comin’ to take over feature films! Grab him while you can for the Uncharted franchise. Because he’ll also make the best Indiana Jones when they re-boot those movies!!

    Hollywood, listen up. Nathan Fillion is your next great leading man. True story.

  6. wow kcat is happy lol and right behind her is brotoman who has to say the most unnecessary thing about a potentially great game to movie franchise……….. in a way, you should think of it the other way around, what video game hasn’t taken inspiration from a movie franchise. but on the other hand, what movie based on a video game has had inspiration from movies? how is mario, doom, any crappy uwe bol movie, prince of persia, resident evil, or ect inspired by movies? sure doom (horror sci fi, that’s too broad), resident evvil (too broad a genre again), prince of persia (alladin????!! jk pop came out b4 alladin).

  7. sry if i sounded mad in the last post, im not, i waas just stating a point

    • Thanks! Yes, I am very happy to have the opportunity to get behind Nathan Fillion and support him fully in getting on to the big screen as a major movie star. Glad that you support him in this as well! Nathan Fillion himself commanded us: “Rise, ye Browncoats. Rise, ye Castillions. RISE!” And rise we do. Instantly!

  8. Really liked the franchise. My only problem with it was the ending to number one when the zombies showed up it destroyed the first game for me ruined the entire feel of the game. The second game was a massive improvement.

    This game could work very well, but they gotta drop the zombie part it’s a major detraction from what other wise was a good story.

    As far as casting I think Nathan Fillion would be fine, but I think that just about any decent actor could fill the role. Drake is made to look like an everyman almost so that he really does look like alot of people and while he has a slightly unique personality he isn’t a challenging role.

    Eddie Cibrian would be in my top 5 choices. He’s not a bad actor he is pretty decent did excellent in Third Watch and really looks the part. He’s pretty much a dead ringer for Nathan Drake and at some points in the game I get the vibe that Drake was almost modeled after him both in looks and personality.

    • I think the problem with the Zombies was that they came so late in the game. I mean, 85% of the game was finished before we even got a hint that they were coming. The supernatural aspect works fine for a story like this, since it’s unashamedly inspired by Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. Personally I found the Yetis from 2 fit into the story and overall feel of the games way, way less.

      So, if they at least throw some substantial hints about the Zombies into the earlier parts of the movie, they could still work.

      Also, Sandy, I don’t think El Dorado has been played out. In National Treasure it was still a city; Uncharted has it being a giant golden statue.

      • Gotta disagree using zombies at all hurts the quality of the story no matter how early you bring them in. It just becomes a cheesy horror flick the moment they show up. The film would be alot more successful and have a richer story with out them.

        As far as part two goes not sure if you gmfinished the game or not but

        Don’t read on spoiler alert

        The Yetis were just people in yeti costumes.

        • Violent, animalistic people in Yeti costumes with super-human strength, agility, resilience.

  9. Am I still the only person who thinks besides Nolan North or Nathan Fillian, Breckin Meyer would make a pretty fantastic Drake?

    • yes u are alone in that one, unless you can pull up some action flicks he has done. Freddy’s dead does not count :P

  10. Though I like Fillion, I’d have to go with Jeremy Renner.

  11. If not Nathan Fillion, than David Boreanaz. If not Boreanaz, than Jensen Ackles.

    Unfortunately none of those guys are big enough names for the suits to even consider them to lead a picture like Uncharted. And if that’s the case, then I’d be happy with Hugh Jackman.

  12. I love Nathan Fillion in Caslte, but I really don’t see him as Nathan Drake. Nelson is right, he looks older then 40 and doesn’t look fit enough to run around like an action hero.

    A movie role should be “earned”, not given to one actor becaues he has a rapid following on twitter. Maybe if Fillion got Robert Downey Jr.’s personal trainer for a couple of months, he would better fit the role of Nathan Drake.

    Sorry, but I am getting tired of reading on various movie sites “Nathan Fillion would be perfect as **blah-blah-blan**” everytime a new superhero movie gets the green light.

    • orrrrrrrrrrrrr, if he got downey jr. to dye his hair grey and have him play sully!!!! omg im a genius lol.

    • Are you serious?

      First in what world does he look over forty? He looks roughly mid 30s late thirties at the oldest.

      Second Fillion is actually pretty fit I’m not sure what makes you think he is out of shape but the guys always been pretty fit and a month of training he would be more than perfectly fit for this role.

  13. Doesnt matter what role it is, someone always pipes up with Nathan Fillion, he’s a good actor but come on.

    I actuially say Joe Flannigan of Stargate Atlantis would be good in this role, Uncharted is the only PS3 exclusive that made me want the console, happily I came to my senses before making such a foolish and expensive purchase.

    • Drsam I gotta say your really missing out the ps3 exclusives are fantastic. Uncharted and Uncharted 2 are both great but not even the bbest the system has to offer. Not only does it have those two fantastic games but also God of War 3, infamous and the amazing Heavy Rain also Demon Souls is good as well.

      I have both systems and honestly I prefer the PS3 exclusives. I’ll admit I play my 360 more though because I’m addicted to achievments.