David O. Russell Talks ‘Uncharted’ Movie Plot

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm,

David O. Russell talks Uncharted movie David O. Russell Talks Uncharted Movie Plot

Offbeat autuer David O. Russell has tried his hand at a war movie, screwball comedy, and a real-life sports drama, the results of which have been memorable, if not to everyone’s tastes. So what exactly is his plan for the video game-turned movie Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune?

Russell previously expressed his desire for Uncharted to feature a Robert De Niro/Joe Pesci reunion and has now opened up about how exactly those two veteran thespians would fit into the globetrotting adventure pic.

Mark Wahlberg confirmed that he will play Nate Drake in Russell’s new project and revealed that the plan is for De Niro and Pesci to play his father and uncle, respectively. The L.A. Times sat down with Russell, who offered the following quote as the premise for his take on Uncharted (one that he says “really turns me on” – take that as you will):

“… There’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice.

“We’ll have the family dynamic… And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me.”

Family drama is very much at the forefront of Russell’s latest movie, this month’s much-buzzed-about pic, The Fighter – and there was certainly plenty of kin dysfunction in his 1996 comedy Flirting With Disaster as well. Russell’s approach to Uncharted also calls to mind Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which the titular archaeologist’s quest to recover the Holy Grail was all the more intriguing because of the dynamic between him and his old man, Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery).

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade David O. Russell Talks Uncharted Movie Plot

Connery and Harrison Ford in the third Indiana Jones pic.

A lot of fans were left grumbling after Wahlberg won the lead role in Uncharted over Castle star Nathan Fillion, who arguably seems like a natural fit to play Drake, a quick-on-the-draw treasure plunderer with a sense of humor to boot. De Niro and Pesci’s potential involvement with the video game flick also left those familiar with the Uncharted-verse confused, since their classic wiseguy screen personas would feel rather out of place in that world.

Russell clearly has more than just a glorified cameo in mind for Drake’s family inĀ Uncharted and he has yet to deliver a film that feels overly formulaic or run-of-the-mill. Could this be the first time a video game-turned cinematic venture turns out well – or at least better than satisfactory?

What do you think of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune so far?

Source: L.A. Times

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  1. No one can pay me to watch this garbage.

    • lol how bout i pay ya 1mil =) lol

    • I agree. We need to start a petition…or better yet, we need to sign a pact that we will not see this movie We need to spread the word.if it is made by this director.

      At first I was just protesting the unbelievably stupid casting(Marky Mark is nothing like Nate Drake. It should be Nathan Fillion) but after reading what the director has in mind, I am now sure that this director has no idea what uncharted is about. It almost seems like one of those jokes about how out of touch directors and producers are in Hollywood.

      This is UNCHARTED! If this director wants to make a whacky family adventure movie with Robert De Niro and Marky Mark, then go ahead, just don’t call it Uncharted.

      Please join me in protesting this. Maybe we can make Sony see that they have given their property over to someone who’s first move was to anger every single fan of uncharted. The reason you make a movie about a video game is so the fans will come see the movie. No Uncharted fan would see this movie.

  2. Yep, you’re right. You’ll pay to see it like everyone else.
    You know nothing of the film except the actors involved an director an yet you are calling it garbage?? I wish I could see into the future like some of you guys, would save me a lot of money.;)

    • Jism really should change that name

      Sometimes all you need to knwo is the actor and the director to know it’s garbage. Especially if it’s a property your familiar with.

      I don’t have to see Wonder Woman directed by Uwe Boll starring Paris Hilton to know it would be garbage.

      Just like we don’t have to see this to know it’s gonna suck.

      • i dont think it will suck and your example is much exaggerated. i wish i could say people that judge too quickly like this one, should not have the right to judge, but unfortunately you do. but since you’ve obviously set yourself to hate this film nothing will change that opinion and if you hate both the actor and director, then fair enough.

        • See here’s the thing, though. This little bit of information is ALL we need to know this movie will be NOTHING like the game. Whether or not it actually turns out to be a good movie is moot.

          All this does is call back to the Resident Evil movie. A good movie, in its own right, but a disaster of an adaptation. All Russell is doing here is capitalizing on a brand name to make money off a completely unrelated movie.

          • “This little bit of information is ALL we need to know this movie will be NOTHING like the game.”

            I hope that the inevitable game spinoff from this movie will be released to ALL gaming platforms, as I’m perpetually sick of explaining to gaming-obsessed IDIOTS that the words “Exclusively for PlayStation” printed on the coverbox is not a suggestion, but an iron-clad fact…and still, they come to the Electronics section I work in, and DEMAND that I sell them the Wii/XBOX/Nintendo DSi versions of this game, which exist only in the same fantasy world that has David Hasselhoff winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role as “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock in “Star Trek III: The Search For Mr. T’s Van”.

            [*Sarcasm generator deactivated*]

  3. I hope this is done correctly. I never got a chance to play uncharted 2 but the first one focuses on drake’s relationships with his partner in crime Sully and the reporter Elena. This is obviously not news to fans of the series. HOWEVER, it really concerns me that pesci and deniro are involved, only because i fear it will greatly take away from what could potentially be great performances by those playing Sully and Elena (if these characters are even a part of the movie). But as long as this doesn’t go the way of Uwe Boll and Far Cry, i’ll give this one a chance. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  4. The Nate in the game seems like he didn’t need a dad since Sully was such a better uncle/father figure in one. We’ve already seen that dynamic on Last Crusade, we don’t really need DeNiro in this at all. And I just don’t like the idea of treasure hunting with Joe Pesci. They should just call it something else instead of ruining a perfectly awesome cinematic game. If they were really serious about this adaptation they would be talking about the harder casting choices of the female characters.

  5. Why is that people don’t respect the source material of video games. I don’t want to know what the ‘directors take’ is on Uncharted clearly he has not played this game. Uncharted 1 at about three hours into the game was already a classic. Please keep this director far away from this franchise. I don’t think any movie will be able to fully capture the magic that is Uncharted. Uncharted is about 15 hours long and better than most hollywood blockbusterd. Trying to shrink that into a 2 hour movie is something that Amy Hennig and only Amy Hennig should pen. She should also cast her own actors and pick her own director. Zach Snyder is one of the few directors who has been shown to respect source material. This is the same type of respect that needs to be shown for Uncharted. This statement is blasphemous. If a movie director isn’t truly able to appreciate the video game medium as a casual non work related experience should he be able to direct a video game movie? Fans! Let’s riot in the streets!

  6. Well at least we wont have to see youtube videos of this guy yelling at Fillion. Don’t know what he sees in Whalberg for this role but whatever. Another potential great premise lost. Remember the commercials for Uncharted 2? When the guy says his girlfriend has been thinking he’s been watching a movie for a week.

    • Whalberg is a terrible choice for the role of Nathan Drake, he has none of the charisma that Drake has in the games…I’d go for someone like Jake Gylaanhal for a role like this. And isn’t Whalberg a little old to play this character anyways?

      Honestly, I really want this to work, but I don’t see it being good at all. They are already starting out with a cast that doesn’t fit at all, I’m already dissapointed.

      • The whole time I played this game I thought “this would be such a dope movie, and Nathan Fillion would be perfect!” Never once did i picture Wahlberg at all.

  7. This does not sound like the game at all. And the casting just makes it worse.

  8. I’ve never played a video game that I didn’t have to put a quarter in first, so I don’t know anything about this game. My interest in this started and ended with Nathan Fillion.

  9. Yeah, this is sounding like another terrible video game adaptation. I don’t remember any family characters of Nathan Drake explored in the games and all this casting seems off so far. Why even bother calling it Uncharted, particularly Drake’s Fortune if it doesn’t even seem to resemble the game? Also, I will chime in that I too thought of Nathan Fillion the entire time that I played the game.

    • I dont like Fillion all that much either. The way to get a great video game adaptation hero is to cast an unknown. If you cast someone well know, you’re changing the character to fit the actor. That’s what always bothers me the most.

  10. Was listening to A Podcast “DVD Verdict 726 – Blast Processing! (Now a Major Motion Picture” today and they were walking a bout this very subject. They found a interview with the Future “Director”. Who said that He has read both of the Video game scripts and could not find a worthy story there. I say The “Director” could not find water in the middle of the Ocean. Both games are mini movies, anyone who has played them would know that.

  11. Then why call this Uncharted? Oh yeah, so you can make a truck load of money from the name alone. I really hate Hollywood sometimes, I do.

    Changing the back story is unforgivable. Superman would not be superman if Krypton wasn’t destroyed. Batman wouldn’t be Batman if his parents weren’t killed.

    This is what happens when video game companies do not have creative rights. No wander Kojima doesn’t want to do a Metal Gear Solid movie. He doesn’t want Hollywood to rape his creation.

    Mark W. is NOT Drake. The story is NOT Uncharted. This is just way for Hollywood to make a butt load of cash. I’m not watching it.

  12. Yeah, it’s kind of irritating how Hollywood feels that because the source material is a videogame, they don’t need to respect it. I think they really need to start bringing in directors who have played and are well aware of the franchise. I’m really disappointed in the decision to bring in Mark Wahlberg, because I’m afraid this is going to be Max Payne all over again. I really don’t know how they managed to mess that movie up so badly, everything they needed to make a great movie was there, but they decided to change the story, changed Bravura, changed Lupino, added Nelly Furtado, ruined the concept, it was the dullest cinematic experience EVER and they’re going to do that again to Uncharted. I reckon a better choice for Drake would be James Denton.

  13. This is going to be total crap and it really saddens me. This isn’t Uncharted. If I were Naughty Dog I’d pull out of this. It’s going to ruin the franchise. The Uncharted game is practically already a movie. All he had to do was cast it and he’s already failed. This just saddens me.

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