Posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
David O. Russell is still working on the script for his adaptation of the video game series Uncharted that will potentially star Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake and feature Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in supporting roles. We know that he’s using ‘family’ as the hook for the story, and have already been led to expect quite a few story changes from what is in the game. Now he has explained his take on the story in just a bit more detail.
The director told IGN,
It’s hard to keep writing in the middle of an Oscar campaign, but I’m almost done with that script, and that’s going to be really fantastic. I think if we take that family dynamic that we have in The Fighter, and put that in terms of a grander stage, with a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities. If you’re the head of a museum, or head of state, you’ve got to deal with them, and they’re badass. They’re like the Sopranos in some ways, but they have great taste, and they have a sense of justice. I would love to do that with Mark [Wahlberg], Robert De Niro, and a couple of hot women, it could be very thrilling.
Keep in mind that with the script unfinished, things could still change. I know there is a lot of loyalty to the games (they’re good, yes) and fans upset that the film won’t be a literal adaptation. But I’m not quite sure why anyone is upset — the games are still there, and they tell those particular stories better than a movie could, because they incorporate all the game-specific action.
So let David O. Russell do something else if he wants. He continues,
I don’t think that you can please everybody, but I will tell you this – I won’t make it unless I can make a great movie… I want the gamers to be happy. I have total respect for the game. My kid loves playing it, I love playing it. I just want to create a world that takes it to another level, that’s another amazing world that’s more cinematic.
And with respect to the supernatural elements of the games, it seems like we might still see some of that:
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