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Uncharted Film is nothing like the game says director David O Russell

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The uncertainty over whether the Uncharted film adaptation will be anything like the video game moves ever forward. David O Russell (The Fighter) is developing the film. Mark Wahlberg is rumoured to be playing Nathan Drake while everyone else wants Nathan Fillion for the role. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci may be in it as Drake’s Father and Uncle.

Russell recently spoke to IGN about his plans for the film.

“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.”

I’ve only played a little bit of the games as I don’t have a PS3, but I was impressed with what I saw. Yet even that little bit of time on the games has given me the knowledge that it is nothing like a crime family that mete out justice in the world of art and antiquities.

It sounds to me that Russell has wanted to do a gangster story with De Niro and Pesci, he’s then got the Uncharted gig and mashed up the two.

Does Russell think he can please the fans of the game series?

” 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 don’t think there are too many games you can play through that make you go – “Well that’ll make a great movie.” There’s not a lot of references on it, so I don’t think there’s a blueprint that says you must directly translate the game to the screen.

Games are awesome because you’re playing them, so that’s just a whole other thing. I’m shooting things down and climbing over cliffs, climbing through rooms, of course you have that in an action picture, but if you don’t have the characters, and the whole world that’s really bizarre, I don’t think you have a movie that really grabs you by the throat.

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. “

How do you feel about Russell’s plans for the film? Can it work as an Uncharted film or should they have given it a different name and have nothing to do with the game?

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