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Akira and Uncharted need new directors

05.26.2011

Two projects need new directors: UNCHARTED and AKIRA.

David O'Russell has decided to exit the video game adaptation of UNCHARTED. Why? Deadline indicates that the director has been juggling several projects. Sony is now looking for a new writer to do another draft for the project. That's all the info on that one.

Our second director leaving a project is Albert Hughes. He's stepped off AKIRA due to creative differences. When are there not creative differences on this film? Don't worry about Hughes though. He'll be taking a meeting with Warner Bros. next week so they can get him on another film.

There's been stories here and there regarding the adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel. One rumor that Warner Bros. has diligently been fighting is the one that production has come to a halt. The studio still has this project on fast track and wants everyone to know that they are trying to get this thing off the ground as swiftly as possible.

After the exit of Keanu Reeves, the studio is now going back to their list of possibles for the two main characters. Do you want me to remind you of who they want for each character? Well, I'm going to anyway--for Tetsuo: Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, and James McAvoy. For the role of Kaneda: Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. That list can suck it. Let's just add some more white people and ignore that fact that the two main characters are Japanese.

Andrew Lazar is producing with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. (LEO, let it go) They will possibly be making two movies to cover all six volumes.

Extra Tidbit: I have too much anger towards the direction that AKIRA is going.
Source: Deadline

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1:49PM on 05/31/2011

problem with akira...

is that if they go ethnic than more than likley most of america wont know who they are (I cant think of any asian stars that are household names for this age range)and since most of america has no idea about Akira that will be a double whammy that will be hard to overcome.
is that if they go ethnic than more than likley most of america wont know who they are (I cant think of any asian stars that are household names for this age range)and since most of america has no idea about Akira that will be a double whammy that will be hard to overcome.
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7:50PM on 02/18/2013
Really? All of America has no idea who any decent Asian actors/actresses are? Try casting these folks: Steven Yeun who most excellently plays Glen on The Walking Dead, and Rinko Kikuchi who is also excellent in Babel and is starring in del Toro's epic Pacific Rim, and whom I'm certain we'll be seeing much more of in the future. Was that really hard? They are the only two I have to offer right now, but I can come back here later with a nice numerical list for you.
Really? All of America has no idea who any decent Asian actors/actresses are? Try casting these folks: Steven Yeun who most excellently plays Glen on The Walking Dead, and Rinko Kikuchi who is also excellent in Babel and is starring in del Toro's epic Pacific Rim, and whom I'm certain we'll be seeing much more of in the future. Was that really hard? They are the only two I have to offer right now, but I can come back here later with a nice numerical list for you.
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7:38PM on 05/30/2011
YAY! Russell juggling too many projects? Yeah, great cover up story to protect his ego. Now maybe we can have an Uncharted movie that actually pertains to the Uncharted games. I think Nathan Fillion would be perfect for the part, I'd hope they could make him look younger with some of that hollywood make-up. I just hope they can Marky Mark!
YAY! Russell juggling too many projects? Yeah, great cover up story to protect his ego. Now maybe we can have an Uncharted movie that actually pertains to the Uncharted games. I think Nathan Fillion would be perfect for the part, I'd hope they could make him look younger with some of that hollywood make-up. I just hope they can Marky Mark!
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4:41AM on 05/28/2011
In a perfect world, Russel's departure from film can be attributed to that guy who was pitching Nathan Fillion at him when he stopped Russell to "chat"...when in reality like jxac posted, he prob realized he knows jack-shit about absolutely nothing to do with the game wouldn't please anyone as his direction/ vision for project would get him crucified by a fan of the series...and Akira seems like a train wreck- Akira's as radioactive a project as there is trying to get off the ground right now.
In a perfect world, Russel's departure from film can be attributed to that guy who was pitching Nathan Fillion at him when he stopped Russell to "chat"...when in reality like jxac posted, he prob realized he knows jack-shit about absolutely nothing to do with the game wouldn't please anyone as his direction/ vision for project would get him crucified by a fan of the series...and Akira seems like a train wreck- Akira's as radioactive a project as there is trying to get off the ground right now.
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2:41PM on 05/27/2011
Juggling several project... he just got scared that he knew he couldnt please the fans haha
Juggling several project... he just got scared that he knew he couldnt please the fans haha
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1:36PM on 05/27/2011
I was just playing Uncharted today and i have come to a realization. The movie is not necessary. If they do happen to get a great director while following the games great storytelling but offer up something completely new, i'm all for it. If they are proceeding with the movie, I'm just going to throw this out there: Nathan Fillon as Drake and Bruce Campbell as Sully.
I was just playing Uncharted today and i have come to a realization. The movie is not necessary. If they do happen to get a great director while following the games great storytelling but offer up something completely new, i'm all for it. If they are proceeding with the movie, I'm just going to throw this out there: Nathan Fillon as Drake and Bruce Campbell as Sully.
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12:16PM on 05/27/2011

Here's the problem with video game movies

Video game companies don't have sufficient pull to steer the movie so that its a project that's taken seriously by those involved. Movie studios certainly don't take them seriously. So for the foreseeable future - they are going to be soulless cash grabs, IMO.
Video game companies don't have sufficient pull to steer the movie so that its a project that's taken seriously by those involved. Movie studios certainly don't take them seriously. So for the foreseeable future - they are going to be soulless cash grabs, IMO.
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12:08PM on 05/27/2011
I'm not a fan of either property, by virtue of I've never seen nor read Akira, nor have I played Uncharted. But I am glad that David O. Russell decided to pursue one of his other, more interesting projects, so people can stop bitching about Mark Wahlberg being cast. Also, I do respect that Akira is Japanese, so while Keanu Reeves isn't exactly white, the more white guys that pass on this the better it is, again, for fan bitching.

Oh, and as a Nathan Fillion fan, I'd be ore than happy for him
I'm not a fan of either property, by virtue of I've never seen nor read Akira, nor have I played Uncharted. But I am glad that David O. Russell decided to pursue one of his other, more interesting projects, so people can stop bitching about Mark Wahlberg being cast. Also, I do respect that Akira is Japanese, so while Keanu Reeves isn't exactly white, the more white guys that pass on this the better it is, again, for fan bitching.

Oh, and as a Nathan Fillion fan, I'd be ore than happy for him to get a real break in movies with Uncharted. But Russell did have a plan (however misguided) to make the movie it's own thing, which truly, any video-game movie needs to be able to break away from the source material enough to stand on its own.
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6:14PM on 05/27/2011
I agree that a movie would need to be its own thing. The games are so cinematic it would be completely pointless rehashing them. However, the things O'Russell was doing were completely wrong to the source and even though I like MW, he was completely wrong for this character.

The changes being made of both movies are ridiculous. We may as well have The Hobbit film based in 2012 by comparison.
I agree that a movie would need to be its own thing. The games are so cinematic it would be completely pointless rehashing them. However, the things O'Russell was doing were completely wrong to the source and even though I like MW, he was completely wrong for this character.

The changes being made of both movies are ridiculous. We may as well have The Hobbit film based in 2012 by comparison.
8:14AM on 05/27/2011
Is there anyone who thinks Russell leaving the Uncharted movie is a bad idea?
Is there anyone who thinks Russell leaving the Uncharted movie is a bad idea?
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8:01AM on 05/27/2011
Come on, let's push the Fillion Petition! Woot woot!
Come on, let's push the Fillion Petition! Woot woot!
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3:09AM on 05/27/2011
THANK THE GODS THAT ASSHOLE IS OFF UNCHARTED!!!!
THANK THE GODS THAT ASSHOLE IS OFF UNCHARTED!!!!
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1:59AM on 05/27/2011
I realize the Hollywood whitewashing is frustrating but would it really be so bad to have Andrew Garfield and Michael Fassbender starring?
I realize the Hollywood whitewashing is frustrating but would it really be so bad to have Andrew Garfield and Michael Fassbender starring?
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12:58AM on 05/27/2011

GOOD

too many other projects? more like the studio realized that no one would see it the way it was going. lets hope some one who knows how to handle this kind of story is put on the job and that they get the right actors! ( please please be nathan fillion!!!)
too many other projects? more like the studio realized that no one would see it the way it was going. lets hope some one who knows how to handle this kind of story is put on the job and that they get the right actors! ( please please be nathan fillion!!!)
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12:34AM on 05/27/2011

And there was much rejoicing...

Yaaaaaaay!
Yaaaaaaay!
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12:19AM on 05/27/2011

personally

I'd like to see Todd Philips adapt Uncharted with Bradley Cooper in the lead. Why not? Bradley Cooper looks and acts the part and can be funny. Todd shows he can direct action and comedy.
I'd like to see Todd Philips adapt Uncharted with Bradley Cooper in the lead. Why not? Bradley Cooper looks and acts the part and can be funny. Todd shows he can direct action and comedy.
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11:29PM on 05/26/2011

Awesome!

Now the Hughes Bros. can do Luke Cage!
Now the Hughes Bros. can do Luke Cage!
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10:01PM on 05/26/2011
Thank fucking god Russell dropped out maybe he finally realized his movie would have sucked and angered fans.
Thank fucking god Russell dropped out maybe he finally realized his movie would have sucked and angered fans.
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9:53PM on 05/26/2011
Does this mean Wahlburg isn't Drake? OH NO!.... heh.
Does this mean Wahlburg isn't Drake? OH NO!.... heh.
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9:35PM on 05/26/2011

HERES HOW U DO UNCHARTED

FILLION AS DRAKE
Ron Perlman as Sully
Tom Jane as a re-written antagonist
ADRIANNE PALICKI as ELENA


Dir. Guillermo Del Toro
FILLION AS DRAKE
Ron Perlman as Sully
Tom Jane as a re-written antagonist
ADRIANNE PALICKI as ELENA


Dir. Guillermo Del Toro
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9:35PM on 05/26/2011
or james gunn
or james gunn
11:12PM on 05/26/2011
I like Bruce Campbell as Sully.
I like Bruce Campbell as Sully.
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8:06PM on 05/26/2011
Oh thank fuck David O'Russell has dropped off of Uncharted. I say this down to the simple fact that he didn't know the material or even seem to give a shit. Some of his choices with the film were dumb but my main concern was the material/story he was completely ignoring.

As for Akira, nothing has garnered my interest for this but that list of actors has to be a joke. Seriously, are they really going to try and force Patterson down our throats? This ain't a chick flick and most guys I
Oh thank fuck David O'Russell has dropped off of Uncharted. I say this down to the simple fact that he didn't know the material or even seem to give a shit. Some of his choices with the film were dumb but my main concern was the material/story he was completely ignoring.

As for Akira, nothing has garnered my interest for this but that list of actors has to be a joke. Seriously, are they really going to try and force Patterson down our throats? This ain't a chick flick and most guys I know don't welcome him. Whatever retard is running the ship that agreed on that list needs..... taking care of.....
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8:00PM on 05/26/2011
yeah. that list can truly truly TRULY suck it.
yeah. that list can truly truly TRULY suck it.
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7:27PM on 05/26/2011
Hopefully this brings the Akira project a step closer to death.
Hopefully this brings the Akira project a step closer to death.
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6:54PM on 05/26/2011
Yeees, cast Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy together. They should make a good t... Hey, wait a second...
Yeees, cast Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy together. They should make a good t... Hey, wait a second...
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6:35PM on 05/26/2011

careful what you ask for

They could cast Nathan Fillion, and then phone in the script and everything else. Especially if the studis get the sense that the only thing fanboys need to plunk 15 bucks down is casting Nathan Fillion (whom they can pay next to nothing).
They could cast Nathan Fillion, and then phone in the script and everything else. Especially if the studis get the sense that the only thing fanboys need to plunk 15 bucks down is casting Nathan Fillion (whom they can pay next to nothing).
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6:17PM on 05/26/2011

UNCHARTED FAN FILM

Guys, while Hollywood figures out what direction to take since losing David O., why not donate to the Uncharted fan film we're making! Check out our IndieGoGo page, and support the cause!

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Guys, while Hollywood figures out what direction to take since losing David O., why not donate to the Uncharted fan film we're making! Check out our IndieGoGo page, and support the cause!

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6:03PM on 05/26/2011
Hopefully this means Mark Wahlberg will step out of the Uncharted movie and Nathan Fillion will come in! I will be 10000000 times more interested in that case. Fantastic news. Fantastic.
Hopefully this means Mark Wahlberg will step out of the Uncharted movie and Nathan Fillion will come in! I will be 10000000 times more interested in that case. Fantastic news. Fantastic.
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5:57PM on 05/26/2011
This is great news on both fronts! Both films were straying too far from the material and willing to making too many sacrifices in the name of Name Talent. Speaking of names, I guess I could change mine now.
This is great news on both fronts! Both films were straying too far from the material and willing to making too many sacrifices in the name of Name Talent. Speaking of names, I guess I could change mine now.
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6:04PM on 05/26/2011
Keep the name. It's magic, hopefully it changes the whole Uncharted project. Good work.
Keep the name. It's magic, hopefully it changes the whole Uncharted project. Good work.
5:53PM on 05/26/2011
great news. Akira live action needs to be done in Japan with Japanese dialog, but big budget hollywood production. so since that won't happen the movie shouldn't be done live action. Now a movie with a different name based of Akira in america could be done but shouldn't be called Akira. And the Uncharted news is great hopefully they rewrite based on the game and cast Nathan Fillion.
great news. Akira live action needs to be done in Japan with Japanese dialog, but big budget hollywood production. so since that won't happen the movie shouldn't be done live action. Now a movie with a different name based of Akira in america could be done but shouldn't be called Akira. And the Uncharted news is great hopefully they rewrite based on the game and cast Nathan Fillion.
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5:36PM on 05/26/2011
Huzzah! Nerds rejoice.
Huzzah! Nerds rejoice.
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5:35PM on 05/26/2011

Uncharted

Im in the mood for celebrating
Im in the mood for celebrating
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5:27PM on 05/26/2011

Thank God for O'Russell stepping down!!

I completely understand the reasoning the studio has with hiring white actors for Japanese source material. That one movie that came out '21' with Kevin Spacey. Wasn't most of the people going to Vegas to gamble of Asian descent? But they changed the characters to white people instead to increase revenue.

And we have to stop the hate because we all understand that this is a money game and not an artistic one. The studios are putting up the money to gamble on us seeing it. If they change the
I completely understand the reasoning the studio has with hiring white actors for Japanese source material. That one movie that came out '21' with Kevin Spacey. Wasn't most of the people going to Vegas to gamble of Asian descent? But they changed the characters to white people instead to increase revenue.

And we have to stop the hate because we all understand that this is a money game and not an artistic one. The studios are putting up the money to gamble on us seeing it. If they change the location to Neo-New York instead of Tokyo than it is what it is. It will work if they change the setting and a few other things. But i am curious about what the studio wants to change [link]
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5:26PM on 05/26/2011
Russell leaving Uncharted is the best goddamn news I've heard in weeks.

Now get Wahlberg off the project, scratch the "zany family adventure comedy" angle, hire Nathan Fillion, and you've got yourself a movie I'll actually see.
Russell leaving Uncharted is the best goddamn news I've heard in weeks.

Now get Wahlberg off the project, scratch the "zany family adventure comedy" angle, hire Nathan Fillion, and you've got yourself a movie I'll actually see.
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5:21PM on 05/26/2011

Uncharted

Maybe Walberg will drop out and Fillion will finally get the job he deserves.
As for Akira, if they have to do it, do it CG, full motion capture or even in the style of Appleseed: Ex Machina.
Maybe Walberg will drop out and Fillion will finally get the job he deserves.
As for Akira, if they have to do it, do it CG, full motion capture or even in the style of Appleseed: Ex Machina.
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