‘Uncharted’ Developer Denies ‘Family Dynamic’ & Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 22nd, 2011 at 8:03 pm,

Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception Uncharted Developer Denies Family Dynamic & Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake

One week ago, we reported on the possibility that Mark Wahlberg might not be locked for the role of Nathan Drake in David O. Russell’s Uncharted movie.

Now, we’re getting further confirmation that Wahlberg, as well as the “Family Dynamic” that Russell had been touting, do not represent a concrete direction the filmmaker is headed.

Joystiq spoke with Uncharted 3 game director, Justin Richmond, who threw fans a bone, asserting that all of the outrage around the “family dynamic” that Russell had mentioned at the beginning of December, might be a bit premature:

“First of all, all that stuff was denied by David O. Russell. He actually called us up and was like, ‘I don’t know what these guys are talking about.’”

Similarly, Richmond also denied that Mark Wahlberg was a lock for stepping into the treasure-hunting boots of Nathan Drake. Joystiq claims, “Mark Wahlberg isn’t anywhere near to being confirmed to play Nathan Drake either — it’s just Hollywood scuttlebutt, apparently.”

As for the game director’s response to countless petitions for Firefly star Nathan Fillion to be cast in the role, Richmond responded with encouraging news for fans:

“Message received.”

In the world of the 24-hour internet news cycle it’s easy to see how Russell’s comment about interest in a “family dynamic” for his Uncharted movie could get twisted into fan-fueled anxiety – painting Russell’s, admittedly off-the-mark, idea as irrefutable fact.

However, the notion that Mark Wahlberg isn’t confirmed for the role is harder to dismiss, as the actor seemed pretty confident about his attachment to the part – and even seemed to sound as though he was assisting in the development of the film, when the news broke back in November.

Mark Wahlberg starring in Uncharted Uncharted Developer Denies Family Dynamic & Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake

Richmond’s comments offer a brief glimpse of perspective on a film production that has already received a lot of negative attention. Fan-reaction has been especially intense – because Russell and Wahlberg’s previous comments seemed to indicate that the filmmakers would be taking both the character and the story in a radically different direction than had been established in the games.

That said, the Uncharted film is still very much in the early stages of pre-production. It’s been six months since we heard anything about the Thomas Dean Donnelly/Joshua Oppenheimer script and Russell has only been attached to the project for a month and a half – and will undoubtedly be making significant edits (if not rewriting the script entirely).

As a result,¬†Uncharted fans have plenty of reason to still be optimistic. Naughty Dog, the game’s developer, has proven they’re dedicated to high-quality, cinematic story-telling in their video games, and it’s hard to imagine that the team, or Sony, would allow (or at the very least can afford) to have the budding mega-game franchise tarnished by a horrible movie-adaptation.

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Source: Joystiq

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  1. OMG best news iv heard about this film :)

  2. I go to Joystiq regularily and it’s pretty unanimous. NATHAN FILLION.

    • N4G>JOYSTIQ!!

  3. Translation = Oh crap the fans are very very pissed lets reconsider.

    • lol

  4. I still think Bradley Cooper would be perfect for this role.

  5. well, that’s certainly a relief.

  6. Nathan Fillion FTW

  7. Nathan Fillion!!!

  8. i still think Mark Wahlberg should still play Drake, if ppl watch the beginning of The Italian Job they would see how much Wahlberg acted like Drake when he interacted with Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg FTW he still looks 28 even at 39 years young.

  9. David O Russel was touting the whole “family dynamic” aspect of the story for his film The Fighter, somehow that must have gotten switched around and people started to think he was using that for Uncharted

  10. Good news

  11. I like Nathan Fillion and wouldn’t be too disappointed if he got the role. He’s better than Wahlberg. But I believe someone like BRADLEY COOPER would own this role even more than Nathan. It’s arguable as to who has more likeable charisma between the two actors. That, and Fillion’s really gotten a bit doughy as of late. Just say’in

  12. Even though Fillion is awesome, I feel he would be too old for the role, Drake should be in his late 20′s. I think Jensen Ackles would be perfect

    • yeah i also think Ackles could do it. he can do the witty-serious personality well. but so can Fillion! but i dont really care who gets the role, as long as its someone who can play it well

  13. Nathan Fillion is PERFECT for the Role in Uncharted as Nathan Drake! Damn I hope they listen. and Nathan Fillion is a good actor too! So, what is there to loose? I think if the movie is good enough it would really be a hit. There have been tons of movies especially in recent times that have showed that a great sucessful movie doesnt have to have a big super star. People dont really care about that like they use to. They look for a good movie. They will FOLLOW a big star to see his movies. But a great rewarding movie will break records regardless of a star. Nathan Fillion is also very well known anyways. People will see him and see a familiar face. It’s not like he’s an unknown by any stretch anyways! Nathan Fillion was born for the role!!!! PLEASE! I’M BEGGING! I dont even play Uncharted that much! And I would love to see this guy play the wise-ass role of Nathan Drake! lol :D It would be fun!

  14. Fillion should get the role under the proviso that he loses some weight. Let’s be honest, as awesome as the guy is, in his current state I could never buy him as any where near as acrobatic as Drake.

    Also, maybe I’m the only one, but the new Uncharted 3 Drake model looks even more like Fillion then the original one does. They’ve definitely aged him up a bit and filled out his face a bit more.

  15. Personally I think it should go straight to Nolan North unless he declines then go to Fillion. After-all North IS Drake he’s the one who does the motion capture voice acting and is the model for Drake. After him though Fillion is clearly the best choice for Drake.

  16. hmm

  17. I hope Mark W. doesn’t get the spot, my choice would be James Roday. They look and act alike. If you don’t believe me, just watch one episode of Psych, preferably the treasure hunting episode.

  18. How About Ryan Renolds or Chris Evans…both are funny guys and Nathan Drake had character to him…

  19. Thank God! Hope it goes to Nathan Fillion. He’s perfect and it would be an instant cult classic. Hollywood is so far removed from this audience. I realize it’s all about money, but using a box office draw like Mark Wahlberg is going to kill it for the real fans. Might as well use Tom Cruise and make a joke out of it.

  20. the problem is that the director tried to be overly creative on a project that doesn’t require a total overhaul of the story. the studio as well as the fans want to see a movie that captures the essence of the game, the tone of the game and translate it to the screen…the integrity of the original intellectual property should be in tack at all times, if the director wants to do his own thing then this is not the right project for him…

  21. You know what mark walhberg. You got your shot at videogame/movies with max payne, and that was deep fried vomit. Also considering it was MAX PAYNE, i struggle to think of how they messed it up with its already above average story and art style for a video game of the early 2000′s

  22. Chris Pine or Jensen Ackles. Hell I even think Matthew Fox would be awesome. But you want the biggest star possible, so right now Chris Pine is really the guy that is peaking right now. Pine is Captain Kirk, he is the new Jack Ryan. Why not Drake?