‘The Fighter’ Director On Shortlist for ‘Uncharted’ Movie

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

Last summer we reported on the news that a big-screen adaptation of the popular adventure video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was on the way. It originally had Kyle Ward (Hitman 2, Kane & Lynch) on board to write the script, but last November news surfaced that Ward had been replaced by Conan reboot writers, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

But who will direct the Uncharted movie? Well, there’s no official confirmation yet but there’s news that Sony has already drawn up a shortlist of directors, and included on that list is David O. Russell.

That name may not be readily familiar to you as Russell is not necessarily known for the types of movies we cover here at Screen Rant, nor for films similar to what you’d expect Uncharted to be. Russell has historically tackled indie dramas like Spanking the Monkey and I Heart Huckabees – however, you’ll probably know him better as the director of the excellent Three Kings and for the upcoming Christian Bale/Mark Wahlberg boxing drama, The Fighter (see below), which he just finished filming.

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So Russell is not the first name I’d think of to direct a movie based on the Uncharted video game, but it’s an interesting choice I must admit. However, let it be noted that things are only really at the meetings stage at this point – and to reiterate, Russell is just on a shortlist of directors (the others were not listed) and is not actually the frontrunner.

Evidently Sony is moving full speed ahead with Uncharted and at one point the studio was reportedly considering pushing the movie for a Summer 2011 release to fill a hole in its schedule. However, now that they have the Kevin James comedy The Zookeeper scheduled, its unlikely the studio will push Uncharted for 2011 release.

Uncharted is definitely one of those few video games really suited for the big-screen. Along with Prince of Persia (which comes out this summer), Metal Gear Solid (a movie of which has been talked about for a long time) and Bioshock, Uncharted is a game I think could really work as a cinematic narrative, taking things beyond the gameplay.

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Now that they’ve found writers and pretty soon (I expect) a director, all we really need now is a leading man. Nathan Fillion, anyone?

Is David O. Russell a good choice to direct Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or is he completely unsuited? Do you think Nathan Fillion is a good choice for the lead or do you have someone else in mind?

Source: LA Times

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  1. If they do not Nathan Fillion to play Nathan Drake then that would be the worst thing ever!!! He looks almost exactly like him, has the same personality, & he would finally be able to prove of how much a great actor he really is. D.C. screwed up when the chose Ryan Reynolds over him for the part of Hal Jordan & now he can show them that! That was D.C.’s first of many to come mistakes while Marvel will continue being the better comic book to movie studio. That is if Sonny and the other companies like FOX don’t screw up their marvel movies…haha. Getting back on Nathan Fillion though, he has been great on Castle and has formed a great chemistry with his partner Kate Beckett(Stana Katic). He would work just as well with Emily Rose as her character Elena Fisher. I mean when Nolan North (voiced Nate) says that he would be the best choice then you should go with what he says. :)

  2. David O. Russell is the biggest jackass of all directors. If he Directs Uncharted, he’ll just screw it up. No one in the film community respects him.

  3. Uncharted, as anyone who’s played it will know, is virtually a film already. All they’d really need to do is film the game’s cutscenes in live action, then add a few scenes to link them together, and voilà.

    As Uncharted is practically a film already, I’m not too bothered whether they do a live-action version, but I really do hope they get around to making that Metal Gear Solid film. Christian Bale as Solid Snake, Sean Bean as Liquid, Sam Elliot as Ocelot and Doug Jones as Psycho Mantis would be good.

    • Yeah Uncharted basically is a movie, Playstation even has a commercial about some dude who’s girlfriend actually thinks it’s a movie.

      I also love your choices for the MGS.

  4. The Uncharted games are my favorite games of all time. And I don’t think they need to be made into movies. Like the above poster said, Uncharted is practically a movie already. All I want is more Uncharted games.

    But if they did do a movie, Nathan Fillion is a good choice and an awesome actor. I’d be pretty happy to see him in the role. But I actually think David Boreanaz would fit the role better. He looks more like Drake and has a similar voice.

    I have no idea what director could pull off an Uncharted movie. So anyone’s guess is as good as mine.

  5. What about mark wahlberg?