Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Fans have not been happy with the plot details and casting David O. Russell‘s big screen adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Not only did Russell seem like an odd choice as a director (the closest thing to an action movie he’s directed is Three Kings), but Mark Wahlberg seemed like an odd choice to play the lead character Nathan Drake (fans have been campaigning for Nathan Fillion for years now, and fans have even confronted O Russell in person about the casting announcement). And then comes the rumors that the director is interested in having Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci play the father and uncle of Drake, and a choice quote in the LA Times from the filmmaker (who was half way through writing a draft of the script):
This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice… We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now… And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me.
So in other words, O. Russell’s plans seem to stray far from the source material. As you can imagine, fans of the game series were not happy. Well, the director of the latest Uncharted 3 video game says otherwise… but what does he know?