Posted on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 by David Chen
I had the privilege to speak with director David O. Russell last week (Thanks to everyone who submitted questions!). The full audio and transcript of that interview will be up in the next day or two, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of David O. Russell’s thoughts on the internet’s response to the fact that he’s directing Uncharted.
I think /Film commenter Jag put it best when he suggested the following question for Russell: “How does it feel to be an academy award nominated and a critically acclaimed director, [who] has to see a bunch of video-game fans (who’ve never made a movie) bitch about ruining Uncharted before he’s even finished the script?” Hit the jump to find out what Russell had to say. [Note that the following excerpts have been slightly edited for clarity.]
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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. Read More »
It’s that time again to present possible choices for a couple big roles in upcoming films. With Henry Cavill announced for Superman, naturally people are turning to speculation about other big roles in the film. Chief among them is Lois Lane, and there is a rumored shortlist of people who are in the running to play the intrepid reporter.
In addition, David O. Russell has mentioned a couple actresses that are of interest for the equally intrepid Elena in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Read More »
Given the flurry of news on David O. Russell‘s planned adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, there have been assumptions that it would be his next film. But we know he’s only half done with the script at this point, which means the film can’t be greenlit, so it may be premature to assume Uncharted is the director’s follow-up to The Fighter.
Another recent option for the director has been the Vince Vaughn film Old St. Louis, but a new report says that won’t be his next one, either. New info says he’ll next tackle The Silver Linings Playbook, of which we haven’t heard anything substantial since March 2009. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the prospects of Jodie Foster’s Beaver, ponder a Buffy reboot, wonder if Mark Wahlberg can fill in for Nolan North, and mourn the passing of some amazing cinematic talents. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC News.
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The idea that David O. Russell might direct the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune seemed rather odd. Sure, he’s done an actionish-movie (Three Kings) and Uncharted is one of the more character-oriented action games out there. But it still seemed like a weird fit.
Then news came out that the director is interested in having Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci play the father and uncle of Drake (Mark Wahlberg), which seemed to put the film a lot closer to the films of Mr. Russell’s past, which dealt with family dynamics in a dramatic, often uncomfortable way. (Even The Fighter, about brothers Mickey Ward and Dickie Eklund, has this angle.)
Now we’ve got more info on Uncharted, including a couple details on just how the story will be expanded from the one in the original game. Read More »
Sometimes a healthy skepticism for rumor makes one look foolish when one turns out to be true. Hopefully you can’t blame me for chuckling a bit when we heard that David O. Russell wants Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to join the cast of his video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. But according to Mark Wahlberg, who says he’s set for the lead role, that’s exactly who the director is hoping to land. Read More »
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