David O. Russell No Longer Directing ‘Uncharted’ Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 9:03 am,

David O Russell leaves Uncharted Movie David O. Russell No Longer Directing Uncharted Movie

With video game movies having become what’s arguably the most disappointing genre of film, it didn’t help the frustration of video gamers hearing that David O. Russell was developing a film adaptation of Uncharted which seemingly had little to do with the game. Even the potential casting of Mark Wahlberg as the franchise’s protagonist, Nathan Drake, had mixed reaction but that all may be coming to an end, with at least half of the problem already alleviated.

That’s right. David O. Russell is no longer directing the Uncharted movie. Happy or disappointed?

Coming off of the glowing success of The Fighter, the Uncharted film made quite a few headlines that didn’t sit well with moviegoers familiar with the popular and critically claimed Uncharted video games. From Russell’s talk of this “family dynamic” and a story that involved New York, gangsters, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, it simply wasn’t the Uncharted that players of the games are familiar with and in most cases, wanted.

According to Variety, it may no longer matter now since David O. Russell has left the project due to what they claim are “creative differences.” Perhaps the studio and game developer Naughty Dog weren’t fond of the negative buzz about the movie, especially with Uncharted 3 set to debut this fall as one of the year’s most anticipated video games (it’s in Game Rant’s top 3!) and set to be introduced in full to the world in two weeks at E3 in Los Angeles.

If Russell is off the project, what does that say about his actor-partner, Marky Mark? Without a director and Wahlberg never really officially signed (he claimed he was a lock for the role), does this mean the Uncharted movie will start with a clean slate with different people involved behind and in front of the cameras?


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Source: Variety

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  1. THERE IS A GOD!!!!!

    Bring on Bradley Cooper!!!

    • totally agree with you bud, or i hate to say it but david boreanez would be a good fit

  2. He was definitely the problem. I was willing to buy Wahlberg as Nathan Drake, even Pesci and De Niro in the cast, but with every news story on this it was getting more and more out of hand. Hopefully who ever they get will stay a little closer to the concept of the game.

  3. Slap in Nathan Fillion as Drake and I’m in.

    • Can’t agree with you more. I’d even throw in Chris Pine as a younger option.

      • if he lost some weight and got in shape hed be nathan but other than that hes gettin a bit old

        • nathan filion all the way. no one would play nathan drake better than him

  4. From the way it sounded, he never WAS directing an Uncharted movie

  5. THERE IS A GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS :D THIS HAS MADE MY DAY

  6. not a fan of the game but still really wanna see Nathan Fillion in this

  7. thank god for that the story for the movie sounded terrible and was nothing to do with the games and marky mark was a bad choice so id say bring someone new in and not fillion somebody like Boreanaz would be cool or go a completely different way in casting and get seann william scott in as Nathan hes got that cockyness about him that Nathan has and has a similar look all that needs to be done is dye his hair darker and hes good to go

    • or even Jensen Ackles would be good as Nathan

      • I agree with Ackles, Filion is way too old for Drake

        • agreed Fillion is 40yrs old compared to Jensens 33yrs and Jensen is a better actor in my eyes and also looks more like Drake and can kick ass way better then Fillion

          • He hadn’t even crossed my mind for this, but now that you mentioned it I can totally see it. Great choice!

    • my girlfriend just came up with the idea of Tom Welling as Nathan not sure about that one but it would be interesting to see him in the role but id still go with Jensen Ackles or if Chris Evans wasnt such a busy actor due to cap america and the avengers he would be a good choice as well

  8. Good riddance, and take your bff Wahlberg with you please.

  9. I like Russell and I like Wahlberg, and I like Nathan Drake, but I don’t like all three hanging out together

  10. good – hopefully mr i only whisper in movies marky marky bolts as well.

  11. glad that piece of s*** has left, the guy sounds like the biggest reject in the entertainment industry, has no f***ing respect for games as a form of entertainment or way of telling a story (hence why he wanted a different (read garbage) story).

    I say bring on Nathan Fillion!!!!!!!
    or David Boreanaz
    or Jensen Ackles

  13. Bring us Nathan Fillion. Ha Ha.

  14. This is the best outcome of “creative differences” I can think of. Please tell us Wahlberg is out next. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Marky in a few things. The Fighter, Three Kings, Four Brothers and The Other Guys. But, definitely NOT as Nathan Drake.


  16. Nathan Fillion!

    Heck, Harrison Ford was almost 40 when he did Raiders of the Lost Ark. He played Indiana Jones for another 27 years after that.

  17. If you want to bring in the fans, cast Nathan Fillion.

    If you want to bring in the general audience, cast Bradley Cooper or maybe Chris Evans.

    If you want to skew younger and go with a relative unknown, cast Jensen Ackles (yeah, yeah, he has his fans. But he’s just another face in the crowd in the general population’s eyes).

  18. This is absolutely FANTASTIC news! Nathan Fillion, of course, would be great, but what matters most is the script – hopefully someone from Naughty Dog can help out, perhaps?

  19. F^&in Nathan Fillion!!!!!!!!!!!