‘Uncharted’ Movie Loses Director David O. Russell

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

It looks as if the film adaptation of the popular Playstation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune won’t be making it to theaters in 2011 after all. Director  David O. Russell has spent the last few weeks in negotiations with the studio and producers, but the Los Angeles Times is reporting that a deal could not be made and the search is on for a replacement.

Producers Avi Arad, Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner announced their plans for an Uncharted movie last summer. Several months later we learned that Sony had replaced screenwriter Kyle Ward with the team behind the upcoming Conan reboot – Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Back in May, a short list of candidates for the director’s chair was drawn up – a list that included Russell.

The LA Times article indicates that before signing a new director, efforts may instead be focused on casting the film’s two leads. Since Uncharted is being developed as a tent pole film with franchise potential, it’s not surprising that it’s producer-driven. Still, it’s hard to imagine a director not wanting some input on such an important decision. Recent rumors indicate Samuel Brodie is in talks to take the lead role of Nathan Drake, but in light of these recent developments we probably won’t be hearing anything concrete in the near future.

Russell has a reputation of being somewhat difficult to work with, especially when things aren’t going exactly the way he wants them to. I can’t help but wonder if his departure is partially related to potentially relinquishing more control than he’s used to. Although he got his start with smaller independent films like Spanking the Monkey and Flirting With Disaster, even his bigger-budget films seem to stray far from mainstream sensibilities. He was always an odd choice, but that wildcard element seemed to indicate Uncharted had a strong chance of not being just another video game movie.

I’m a fan of both Uncharted games and they are frequently described as being very cinematic. In fact, there are a fair number of fans who feel that the games’ cinematic nature makes a film adaptation somewhat unnecessary and I understand that point of view. However, I’m also guilty of playing through the games while constantly thinking: “This would make an awesome movie!

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I like Russell’s other films and was curious to see what his approach to Uncharted would be. It was like hearing Michel Gondry was going to be directing The Green Hornet and feeling like that was so crazy it might actually work. I realize the jury’s still out on The Green Hornet and there are many who probably feel that the Uncharted movie has just dodged a bullet by losing Russell.

Were you excited to see David O. Russell’s take on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or is there someone better suited for the job?

Source: Los Angeles Times.

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  1. Jon Favreau or Paul Greengrass maybe?

  2. Jon Favreau for sure.

  3. I would love to see Nathan Fillion cast as Nathan Drake in an uncharted movie.

    • Agreed.

  4. i agree with supernaturalfan, nathan fillion would be an amazing choice, after watching him in serenity he feels like a natural choice for drake.
    as for o’russell, i think he would of done a great job but at the same time i dont want great i want fantastic. maybe someone like Louis Leterrier or simon west

  5. Wow i want this movie to make it!!! OMG!!! Im looking forward to it,i love the video game somuch!!!

  6. Good I say, I really don’t want Uncharted to fall along with the other Video Game Movie Adaptions

  7. Jon Favreau/Director and Nathan Fillion/Nathan Drake? I think those are some pretty good match ups right there! I really hope, if this falls through, it will turn out to be a good movie because I love the games!

  8. This movie really need to do well. Uncharted and Mass Effect are the best hope for video game films.

    What this project has going for it is that Uncharted is perfect for a film essentially it already is one so it’s not hard to adapt. While some might take this the wrong way it’s also good that Nathan Drake is very easy to cast. It’s a character that any decent actor could pull off and his features are so non distinct that’s it’s not hard to find a close match that wouldn’t upset fans. It’s hard to make a bad choice. I’ve seen alot of suggestions for drake and hardly Any I could argue against. I just want this to be done right.

  9. Daniel F
    same here man!! I love that game!!!

  10. I have to say I hope this movie comes out as good because I think it would be great. I just know, if properly done, people like my mom, who doesn’t play video games, would get a real kick out of it.

  11. I got a chance to see Samuel Brodie’s imdb page. The guy really does fit the part…it’s weird how close he resembles the character. Nathan Fillion is far too old to play Nathan Drake (being that Nathan Drake is 25) he’d probably break a hip.

    • Wow Joe Flanigan is born the same day as the guy ‘Samuel Brodie’ thats in talks for Nathan Drake…weird… I don’t know I still feel Brodie fits it better..too many old actors.

  12. I am a chick and I am an Uncharted fan. I played both games and am excited that they are planning to make a movie out of the game. I honestly think Gerard Butler would be perfect for the role, yeah you may say he may be 41 but he looks good for his age and is physically fit for this role. I mean he was awesome in 300. He actually has features of Nathan Drake as well. And as for the director, give the job to James Cameron, Im sure he will figure something out that will blow our minds!

  13. Samuel Brodie for the win!

  14. Joe Flanigan for the win
    i would advertise outside parliament just to make sure he wins 😀

  15. Sam Brodie is hot.

  16. Samuel brodie looks like him but he is an extremely bad actor. Go to his facebook page and watch him force his british accent and listen to his terrible writing. If he is hired, the movie will end up being one of the worst in all creation. He obviously cant add anything extra to a character. . . he does all the same mannerisms in every single video. what a schmuck!!!!

  17. Joe Flanigan may be a good choice since he did such an awesome job on Stargate (big fan)….Samuel Brodie does seem a little young but who knows he may make it a bang! Seems like someone has a personal vendetta against Mr.Brodie based off the last comment! haha! I just watched his videos I actually thought they were quite good.. I’m sure he can pull it off.

    • Patriotic guy. . . If you think his videos are good, you obviously don’t know anything about acting. First of all, you can clearly see him manufacture tears instead of having them come naturally. . . The guy blinks and blinks and blinks… He can only do about two facial expressions… He is monotone in both accents… And When he tries to use a British accent he hurries every sentence so he can get the accent down… I guess if this movie needs a boring actor then Brodie can be him… If the fans want someone with talent, look elsewhere

  18. Im going to have to agree with ‘PatrioticBastard’ on this 1. those clips were awesome that dudes talented, he plays it natural. ‘samuelbrodieisgay’ your probably some fugly untalented dumb ass who wanted the role as drake and didnt get it lmao. oh and joe flanigan is bad ass.

  19. It Seems this “Samuel_Brodie_is_gay” individual doesn’t comprehend what great acting is. What a twat. Anyways I think Samuel Brodie is a great actor from watching his two monologues via You_Tube, also I’m from London so I know his accent is dead on and not forced, but I think Nathan Fillion fits the part as Nathan Drake better.

  20. I think its you guys who cant comprehend acting. I didnt know it was great when you can see the actor actually manufacturing tears in two montone performances. And if you actually are from london you should be insulted becaused sure he has the accent, but he delivers every single sentence the same exact way. I know the english dont talk like that. He manufactures his accent in a way that everyone can and he gets his tears going, not out of emotion, but out of visible acting flourishes (which youd really shouldnt notice). I understand acting to its fullest extent. You, and brodie obviously dont. . . and i wonder what kind of douchebag quotes himself on his facebook. . . Samuel Brodie

    • sounds like a personal attack to me!

  21. He has the emotional depth of a Tommy Chong

  22. I personally don’t believe his monologues were great but they were good.

  23. There isn’t many American actors that I know of that can pull off my country’s accent. Brodie has me and my chaps convinced that’s for certain. He brings a sort of “Guy Ritchie” feel to it. Considering you mentioned you understand acting to it’s fullest extent, which I may add I find hard to believe, I’m guessing your involved in film in some way more then a hobby. My point is mate if he’s so bad, how about you show us something that you’ve done that’s better. That’s what I thought.

  24. Touche redroomgem haha Yeah I study film at ucla. I guess its a difference of opinion obviously… I dont see anything in that guy except that he looks like him. There are plenty of guys with that look. He isn’t unique and doesnt stand out. I think its funny that I keep bringing up his monotonous acting and that doesnt stick to anyone. He does pull off the accent but in a very forced way. Just realize that he does nothing different throughout each monlogue. Its the same tone throughout… recipe for a bad performance. You may be able to take it now with a little clip but over the course of a feature, you all will even get tired of it.

  25. It’s unfortunate you feel that way. :)

  26. Nah, it allows me to go look for better more developed actors. Brodie may get better but in those two clips, he shows that he will drive people nuts in a featur length film. They’ll be bored as hell

  27. Ha well at least we can agree on that mate as far as accent goes but I still don’t think it was forced. If Brodie has good dialogue and a good director backing him up I’m positive he’ll do extremely well in any film he undertakes. As far as his look goes, I would have to disagree with you. He has a great look for film. Definitely no eye sore or any of that kind of bollocks.