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David O. Russell comments on the internet backlash to his Uncharted adaptation

02.21.2011

Normally if you get an Oscar-nominated director reuniting with the star of his Best Picture nominated film for the adaptation of your video game property, you're probably a pretty happy camper. Not so much though with fans of the popular video game "Uncharted" who were less than enthused with Russell's involvement with their beloved franchise.

Just look at the comments (currently at only 10% positive) under this article. Said one commenter, "Doing it like this is only going to piss off the fans (your primary box office fuel) and make everyone involved look ignorant and arrogant. And if there is one person in Hollywood who doesn't need any help looking more ignorant and arrogant, it's David O. Russell. Dude comes off like such an asshole."

Slashfilm caught up with Russell recently and asked him to address the negative feedback (backlash?) to him directing the UNCHARTED movie.

Says Russell, "Iím very respectful as far as the core content and spirit of the game, but beyond that itís my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie. People have to trust that and let that go, I think. Thereís not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies, that stand up to time as a franchise or as [individual films]. I personally think itís really cool when you see that someone like Darren Aronofsky is going to make an X-Men movie or to get someone such as myself to make this picture. You can be guaranteed that itís going to be real, itís going to be raw, itís going to be intense, itís going to be original, and itís going to be propulsive."

So c'mon guys, he's just trying to be propulsive. On the one hand, I get it. You can't remain slavishly faithful to the source material and sacrifice the narrative of your film. But on the other hand, I understand the point that once you change the narrative so much, you're no longer making an adaptation of the property in question.

What do you think? Is Russell saying the right things? Can he pull this off?

Source: Slashfilm

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4:47PM on 02/22/2011

History Repeats Itself

Anyone feel like this is the same kind of backlash that should have happened when Resident Evil was being adapted into film? Sorry fans of the film series but those were not Resident Evil films, they were action films with zombies and monsters that had little value (In my book) and no connection to the game series. Granted I will give you that Russell actual has talent as a director, unlike Paul WS Anderson but this whole original shitty stories in which we only recognize small if any elements
Anyone feel like this is the same kind of backlash that should have happened when Resident Evil was being adapted into film? Sorry fans of the film series but those were not Resident Evil films, they were action films with zombies and monsters that had little value (In my book) and no connection to the game series. Granted I will give you that Russell actual has talent as a director, unlike Paul WS Anderson but this whole original shitty stories in which we only recognize small if any elements of its origins just pisses me off.

Oh and also, nice try comparing yourself to Aronofsky who is doing a faithful adaptation of the Wolverine Japanese arc. What an epic fail.
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4:25PM on 02/22/2011
I don't get it, dude made Three Kings and The Fighter. These fucking "fans" of Uncharted need to have a Coke and a jerk and shut the fuck up.
Let this man make a movie, you don't like how he does it?
YOU DON'T FUCKING GO SEE IT.
I don't get it, dude made Three Kings and The Fighter. These fucking "fans" of Uncharted need to have a Coke and a jerk and shut the fuck up.
Let this man make a movie, you don't like how he does it?
YOU DON'T FUCKING GO SEE IT.
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4:14PM on 02/22/2011

wow

I miss... Uwe Boll. Ok Universe, you win
I miss... Uwe Boll. Ok Universe, you win
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12:56PM on 02/22/2011
I'm passing on this movie even with Russell directing it. The games were mediocre, so the best thing that could happen is that this movie actually becomes better than the game it's based on.
I'm passing on this movie even with Russell directing it. The games were mediocre, so the best thing that could happen is that this movie actually becomes better than the game it's based on.
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2:43AM on 02/22/2011

Ugh

"Thereís not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies, that stand up to time as a franchise or as [individual films]."
There's a reason for this... it's because directors step in and CHANGE the source material so much that the movie isn't even recognizable as the game! Every game movie has been changed around and brutalized except for maybe a few, and well... those games weren't Uncharted.
"Thereís not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies, that stand up to time as a franchise or as [individual films]."
There's a reason for this... it's because directors step in and CHANGE the source material so much that the movie isn't even recognizable as the game! Every game movie has been changed around and brutalized except for maybe a few, and well... those games weren't Uncharted.
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1:23AM on 02/22/2011
HAHA I can't believe everyone is freaking out about a video game being made into a potentially bad film. I'm looking forward to this. Deniro and Pesci, c'mon. Plus this guy just directed Christian Bale in his best performance ever.
HAHA I can't believe everyone is freaking out about a video game being made into a potentially bad film. I'm looking forward to this. Deniro and Pesci, c'mon. Plus this guy just directed Christian Bale in his best performance ever.
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1:01AM on 02/22/2011
Maybe O. Russel should just do something original instead... or at least change the title of this movie from UNCHARTED to PRODUCT OF AN EGOMANIAC.
Maybe O. Russel should just do something original instead... or at least change the title of this movie from UNCHARTED to PRODUCT OF AN EGOMANIAC.
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12:44AM on 02/22/2011
So, because there aren't a bunch of movies that have had good adaptations, hes not going to man up and even try. thats his reasoning and excuse.

know what? It would be reasonable if there were a few changes because as we all know, some things continuity wise just dont work in film sometimes, but this perticular videogame is one that could very easily lend its self to film without tweeking it.
I think thats the root reason why fans are generally displeased by this. with such an easy story
So, because there aren't a bunch of movies that have had good adaptations, hes not going to man up and even try. thats his reasoning and excuse.

know what? It would be reasonable if there were a few changes because as we all know, some things continuity wise just dont work in film sometimes, but this perticular videogame is one that could very easily lend its self to film without tweeking it.
I think thats the root reason why fans are generally displeased by this. with such an easy story and excellent material to work from, it should be something that any director would want to use. but insted it looks like the guy initially agreed to do it, then decided to go do his own thing and just to meet the bare bones of the job, keeping the names. so, as ive said before about this project, change the name. change the name o'russell, and you'll no longer have to answer interview questions about angry fans.
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12:41AM on 02/22/2011
ok. i'm seeing a lot of mixed feeling about this. some say this is good, some say this is bad. i think it's terrible. it's just another big hollywood prick trying to screw over the fanbase for a quick buck. and a lot of people are saying as long as they don't use the original story it's ok. i think the closer movies get to the games the better, it doesn't necessarily have to be copy/paste but c'mon it's GOTTA be VERY close if a game turned movie is to be successful. if ya let hollywood just
ok. i'm seeing a lot of mixed feeling about this. some say this is good, some say this is bad. i think it's terrible. it's just another big hollywood prick trying to screw over the fanbase for a quick buck. and a lot of people are saying as long as they don't use the original story it's ok. i think the closer movies get to the games the better, it doesn't necessarily have to be copy/paste but c'mon it's GOTTA be VERY close if a game turned movie is to be successful. if ya let hollywood just take an idea and go their own way with it, we end up with movies like doom, street fighter, house of the dead, bloodrayne, alone in the dark, and the inevitable uncharted. i think hollywood should try a copy/paste game turned movie for once. just one movie. and see how it turns out. couldn't be any worse than the super mario bros movie
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12:39AM on 02/22/2011
ok. i'm seeing a lot of mixed feeling about this. some say this is good, some say this is bad. i think it's terrible. it's just another big hollywood prick trying to screw over the fanbase for a quick buck. and a lot of people are saying as long as they don't use the original story it's ok. i think the closer movies get to the games the better, it doesn't necessarily have to be copy/paste but c'mon it's GOTTA be VERY close if a game turned movie is to be successful. if ya let hollywood just
ok. i'm seeing a lot of mixed feeling about this. some say this is good, some say this is bad. i think it's terrible. it's just another big hollywood prick trying to screw over the fanbase for a quick buck. and a lot of people are saying as long as they don't use the original story it's ok. i think the closer movies get to the games the better, it doesn't necessarily have to be copy/paste but c'mon it's GOTTA be VERY close if a game turned movie is to be successful. if ya let hollywood just take an idea and go their own way with it, we end up with movies like doom, street fighter, house of the dead, bloodrayne, alone in the dark, and the inevitable uncharted. i think hollywood should try a copy/paste game turned movie for once. just one movie. and see how it turns out. couldn't be any worse than the super mario bros movie
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12:05AM on 02/22/2011
guys quit crying about your video games & get laid
I totaly dig Mr. Russell since before his actor controveries were broadcast Three Kings, Huckabees, Fighter are all above average movies.... sorry Natan F doesnt get any work but i consider Mark Wahlberg to be a solid actor... theres a reason why rappers from the 80s arent movie stars but he is
guys quit crying about your video games & get laid
I totaly dig Mr. Russell since before his actor controveries were broadcast Three Kings, Huckabees, Fighter are all above average movies.... sorry Natan F doesnt get any work but i consider Mark Wahlberg to be a solid actor... theres a reason why rappers from the 80s arent movie stars but he is
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10:26PM on 02/21/2011

Wow...

Okay...yeah...the guy has made some good movies. But I'm pretty sure no one here needed this extra push to help us realize that this guy is just an arrogant fucking twat. I'm a huge fan of the games and I refuse to give this movie money with the current way things are going. I vow to not watch this movie and shit in it's mouth until it hits HBO. End of story.
Okay...yeah...the guy has made some good movies. But I'm pretty sure no one here needed this extra push to help us realize that this guy is just an arrogant fucking twat. I'm a huge fan of the games and I refuse to give this movie money with the current way things are going. I vow to not watch this movie and shit in it's mouth until it hits HBO. End of story.
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7:37PM on 02/21/2011

Who In The Hell...

1) Is David O Russell
2) Gave him the Uncharted script
3) Let Mark Whalberg & not Nate F. be Drake
4) Is letting this happen!!!
1) Is David O Russell
2) Gave him the Uncharted script
3) Let Mark Whalberg & not Nate F. be Drake
4) Is letting this happen!!!
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8:34PM on 02/21/2011
Satan.
Satan.
7:05PM on 02/21/2011
p.s. He should star as Peter Brady in the "Brady's All Grown Up" movie.
p.s. He should star as Peter Brady in the "Brady's All Grown Up" movie.
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6:55PM on 02/21/2011
This guy is a tool. None of the video game adaptations have been good because they always CHANGE what made them good in the first place.
This guy is a tool. None of the video game adaptations have been good because they always CHANGE what made them good in the first place.
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6:31PM on 02/21/2011

Prick

Is he really comparing himself to Aronofsky? David plays it safe with all of his movies and seems to rely heavily on actors producing a great film while he is an average director. Aronofsky on the other hand takes chances with actors and the visuals in his films. Aronofsky knows his movies are not for everyone but everyone always seems to have at least one of his movies in their top 10.
Is he really comparing himself to Aronofsky? David plays it safe with all of his movies and seems to rely heavily on actors producing a great film while he is an average director. Aronofsky on the other hand takes chances with actors and the visuals in his films. Aronofsky knows his movies are not for everyone but everyone always seems to have at least one of his movies in their top 10.
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5:59PM on 02/21/2011
whats wrong with you guys, i dont care if david o sucks dick on his own time, as a film maker hes great! who would you rather direct this Joel Schumacher
or michael bay??? come on.. i have complete confidence in the cocksucker
whats wrong with you guys, i dont care if david o sucks dick on his own time, as a film maker hes great! who would you rather direct this Joel Schumacher
or michael bay??? come on.. i have complete confidence in the cocksucker
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4:20PM on 02/21/2011

hahaha

What's funny is that after this movie comes out and stinks up the box office, I'll bet this tool will blame the source material.
What's funny is that after this movie comes out and stinks up the box office, I'll bet this tool will blame the source material.
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4:05PM on 02/21/2011

dear fanboys,

thanks for helping me realize i am no longer part of the core demographic of this site. parting words? get over it.
thanks for helping me realize i am no longer part of the core demographic of this site. parting words? get over it.
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3:30PM on 02/21/2011

lets face facts...

its based ona video game. (one i have never played ill admit). If there were an earth shattering original story in there itd be one thing.But this is just another guy looking for treasure story. So chill out, the worst thing he could do would be to follow the game exactly. The best is actually adapt the property into a good movie (and it is about adaptation not copy/paste).
its based ona video game. (one i have never played ill admit). If there were an earth shattering original story in there itd be one thing.But this is just another guy looking for treasure story. So chill out, the worst thing he could do would be to follow the game exactly. The best is actually adapt the property into a good movie (and it is about adaptation not copy/paste).
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4:01PM on 02/21/2011
You've never played it but know it's "just another guy looking for treasure story?"
You've never played it but know it's "just another guy looking for treasure story?"
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2:33PM on 02/21/2011

Used to be promising, now just average

The Fighter was decent but it was just a "nuts and bolts"-job

I Heart Huckabees was just downright awful
The Fighter was decent but it was just a "nuts and bolts"-job

I Heart Huckabees was just downright awful
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2:29PM on 02/21/2011

So...

Who's David O. Russell again?
Who's David O. Russell again?
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2:26PM on 02/21/2011
His name is David O. Russell, not David O'russell!
As for the movie, it'll probably be a decent flick. It just won't be uncharted.
His name is David O. Russell, not David O'russell!
As for the movie, it'll probably be a decent flick. It just won't be uncharted.
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2:20PM on 02/21/2011

I give up...

David O. Russell has diarrhea of the mouth and brain. I almost feel sorry for him as he does not realize that he's setting himself up for self destruction.
David O. Russell has diarrhea of the mouth and brain. I almost feel sorry for him as he does not realize that he's setting himself up for self destruction.
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2:06PM on 02/21/2011
No way this movie will be good. Guaranteed O'Russell hasn't even played the games.
No way this movie will be good. Guaranteed O'Russell hasn't even played the games.
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1:36PM on 02/21/2011
Hey David, until you hear that Aranofsky is going to make The Wolverine 95% unfaithful to the source material, how bout leaving his name out of your rebuttals? Funny how it kind of makes you sound like you think your remotely close to being in his league.
Hey David, until you hear that Aranofsky is going to make The Wolverine 95% unfaithful to the source material, how bout leaving his name out of your rebuttals? Funny how it kind of makes you sound like you think your remotely close to being in his league.
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1:30PM on 02/21/2011

Give him a chance...

I think the problem here is that a lot of people are hearing his vague comments on what the film is about and reacting in a kneejerk way. People have got to ease off a bit because there is no actual synopsis for the film yet (which isn't finished scripting) outside of a vague notion of a family involved in this kind of artifact collection. There is still plenty of room for the key elements of the games to be in the film.

This is clearly not going to be a popular opinion on these strikebacks
I think the problem here is that a lot of people are hearing his vague comments on what the film is about and reacting in a kneejerk way. People have got to ease off a bit because there is no actual synopsis for the film yet (which isn't finished scripting) outside of a vague notion of a family involved in this kind of artifact collection. There is still plenty of room for the key elements of the games to be in the film.

This is clearly not going to be a popular opinion on these strikebacks but O'Russell is right in several ways. Films based on videogames so far have had an extraordinarily bad track record and there are things that have to change for a film to be emotionally involving.

Let's face it, Uncharted may feel like a very cinematic and epic experience as a game - as a film however, it would seem ridiculously implausible - all those complaints people had over Indiana Jones IV would be multiplied by ten if you just took Uncharted exactly as is and translated it for film.

Look, O'Russell is an arrogant asshole. I'm sure we've all heard the stories and seen the footage. But he's a talented asshole who has consistently made good to great films.

Who would everyone here suggest take on Uncharted? I mean, has anyone here even seen O'Russell's THREE KINGS? It doesn't seem so or I'd think the tone would be less abusively dismissive. That film makes him one of the few candidates out there who has demonstrated he can have a handle on innovative action, adventure and snarky heroes with attitude while investing everything with a dramatic/emotional undercurrent.

Based on that film alone, I can't imagine very many directors out there who would be a better selection for the job.
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1:23PM on 02/21/2011

I AGREE

David is so right! Because other vid game adaptations are bad, he should try as hard as he can to make the best movie possible! He should do other adaptations along this line, such as:

Mass Effect-Former Boston Cop, grieving over the death of his parter, turns to the newly created "IAS" (Intergalactic Armed Services) to stop a pirate ship named "The Reaper" from destroying the first human Space Station.

Call of Duty:Modern Warfare-Set in World War II, Soap Mactavish and his new recruit,
David is so right! Because other vid game adaptations are bad, he should try as hard as he can to make the best movie possible! He should do other adaptations along this line, such as:

Mass Effect-Former Boston Cop, grieving over the death of his parter, turns to the newly created "IAS" (Intergalactic Armed Services) to stop a pirate ship named "The Reaper" from destroying the first human Space Station.

Call of Duty:Modern Warfare-Set in World War II, Soap Mactavish and his new recruit, Private Price, fight in the Battle of Britain for the RAF.

Max Payne-A pharmaceutical company's failed super soldier serum leads to roided up thugs, a russian mob conspiracy, and the murder of a cop's wife for attempting to whistle blow. Max won't duel wield pistols or use bullet time at all and he won't be undercover for the DEA. Wahlberg will star...wait....

To sum up: An adaptation means "taking the plot, characters, and storyline and making it work for another media medium" not "reworking it as much as it takes to make the best possible with the same name, while bearing no resemblance to the original concept", at least if you want to succeed, those are the definitions...
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1:19PM on 02/21/2011
David O Russell is a piece of shit.
David O Russell is a piece of shit.
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1:01PM on 02/21/2011

He's going to mess it up.

He doesn't want to outright say that all he wants is the title. The "core content and spirit of the game" have nothing to do with what he is making.
He doesn't want to outright say that all he wants is the title. The "core content and spirit of the game" have nothing to do with what he is making.
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12:54PM on 02/21/2011
Regardless how good of a movie he makes, it still aint Uncharted. He can lick it.
Regardless how good of a movie he makes, it still aint Uncharted. He can lick it.
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12:47PM on 02/21/2011

douche.

Steps to making this movie not suck balls:
1- Fire this asshole.
2- Hire Joss Whedon to direct& Nathan Fillion as lead.
3- Profit.
Steps to making this movie not suck balls:
1- Fire this asshole.
2- Hire Joss Whedon to direct& Nathan Fillion as lead.
3- Profit.
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12:38PM on 02/21/2011

Clueless

Has any of these hollywood movie makers realized that most of these movies based on games or comics fail because of straying so far from the source material? The more you change the story and characters, the worse people think of it. Look at the Xmen and spiderman movies. The first did great because of good stories and not straying too far from the source material. But when the sequels got made, they added more characters and strayed even farther from it. The RE series is another example. But
Has any of these hollywood movie makers realized that most of these movies based on games or comics fail because of straying so far from the source material? The more you change the story and characters, the worse people think of it. Look at the Xmen and spiderman movies. The first did great because of good stories and not straying too far from the source material. But when the sequels got made, they added more characters and strayed even farther from it. The RE series is another example. But look at Watchmen. It was VERY faithful to the comic and turned out to be a great movie. Maybe I'm wrong and my idea is silly but it makes sense to me.
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1:22PM on 02/21/2011
I totally agree with you, but don't forget that WATCHMEN is NOT considered a Box Office success... So Studios will hesitate further more before taking those kind of financial risks !
I totally agree with you, but don't forget that WATCHMEN is NOT considered a Box Office success... So Studios will hesitate further more before taking those kind of financial risks !
12:29PM on 02/21/2011
Aronofsky is making a Wolverine movie about the beloved antihero, Wolverine. He's not making a fucking zany, globe trotting family comedy, and calling it "Wolverine" just to get a bigger budget and make more money.

No one is saying you're going to make a bad movie, Mr. Russell. The fans are pissed because you're not making an Uncharted movie, but using the name anyway. There's a difference between making slight changes to an adapted material and completely shitting on it for your own
Aronofsky is making a Wolverine movie about the beloved antihero, Wolverine. He's not making a fucking zany, globe trotting family comedy, and calling it "Wolverine" just to get a bigger budget and make more money.

No one is saying you're going to make a bad movie, Mr. Russell. The fans are pissed because you're not making an Uncharted movie, but using the name anyway. There's a difference between making slight changes to an adapted material and completely shitting on it for your own jollies.
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12:24PM on 02/21/2011
"to get someone such as myself to make this picture"

For that comment alone you need a slap...
"to get someone such as myself to make this picture"

For that comment alone you need a slap...
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12:03PM on 02/21/2011
I hope this bombs.

This guy just doesn't get it. He could easily just make a prequel to Drake's fortune.. He could also make a 2.5 type of film (before the events of Uncharted 3) but... No. He's more content to just try to put his stamp on things while hoping to get easy money from the fanbase.

The sad thing is... Most of the fans WILL see this. Like the fans of Resident Evil B&Ming about what Anderson did in those films as compared to what the games were like.. they STILL paid money to
I hope this bombs.

This guy just doesn't get it. He could easily just make a prequel to Drake's fortune.. He could also make a 2.5 type of film (before the events of Uncharted 3) but... No. He's more content to just try to put his stamp on things while hoping to get easy money from the fanbase.

The sad thing is... Most of the fans WILL see this. Like the fans of Resident Evil B&Ming about what Anderson did in those films as compared to what the games were like.. they STILL paid money to see the flicks (at least the ones I know.)

Hopefully Uncharted tanks, and then this lamer gets knocked down a peg or two.
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11:38AM on 02/21/2011
This statement would make more sense coming from say Marc Webb who made some changes but is still making a movie recognizable as Spiderman. If I was to read David O's comments on this movie without knowing which game they were adapting I would never guess Uncharted. Thats a problem.

I also think its a mistake that fans are asking for an adaptation of the specific storyline. They should make a standalone Drake adventure. Its not a plot driven story like Resident Evil or Fallout. Its character
This statement would make more sense coming from say Marc Webb who made some changes but is still making a movie recognizable as Spiderman. If I was to read David O's comments on this movie without knowing which game they were adapting I would never guess Uncharted. Thats a problem.

I also think its a mistake that fans are asking for an adaptation of the specific storyline. They should make a standalone Drake adventure. Its not a plot driven story like Resident Evil or Fallout. Its character driven story.
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11:59AM on 02/21/2011
While I agree that it may be more character driven, than plot driven. I think the changes that he's talking about completely change the dynamic of Drake's character. A Soprano's crime family? It completely misses the point. He's a rogue Indiana Jones-esque adventurer. Adding him into some kind of crime syndicate would only limit his character.
While I agree that it may be more character driven, than plot driven. I think the changes that he's talking about completely change the dynamic of Drake's character. A Soprano's crime family? It completely misses the point. He's a rogue Indiana Jones-esque adventurer. Adding him into some kind of crime syndicate would only limit his character.
12:57PM on 02/21/2011
Right! Thats what I said. That would be changing the character. I just think they should find a new adventure. Don't go after El Dorado or the Cintamani stone because he already has. Make a new adventure.
Right! Thats what I said. That would be changing the character. I just think they should find a new adventure. Don't go after El Dorado or the Cintamani stone because he already has. Make a new adventure.
11:36AM on 02/21/2011

Unloved

Im against the idea of someone who seems not to be a fan of the game directing what should be an amazing film, people need to realize if fans didnt buy the games then they wouldnt make the films..... SO make a films based on the story the fans like.

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Im against the idea of someone who seems not to be a fan of the game directing what should be an amazing film, people need to realize if fans didnt buy the games then they wouldnt make the films..... SO make a films based on the story the fans like.

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11:34AM on 02/21/2011

all i have to add...

is "farcry" by Boll...don't fuck up man, don't. The fact that this game has sole over one million copies should tell you that folks like the current plot line. do not try to fix something that ain't broke you arrogant ass-hat.
is "farcry" by Boll...don't fuck up man, don't. The fact that this game has sole over one million copies should tell you that folks like the current plot line. do not try to fix something that ain't broke you arrogant ass-hat.
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11:24AM on 02/21/2011
What an arrogant douche.
What an arrogant douche.
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11:19AM on 02/21/2011
Here's a novel idea. How about they realize that people love the story in the games they love, and make that story into a movie. I'll never understand why people change the stories for video game movies. You what would have made a good Resident Evil? The story in Resident Evil.
Here's a novel idea. How about they realize that people love the story in the games they love, and make that story into a movie. I'll never understand why people change the stories for video game movies. You what would have made a good Resident Evil? The story in Resident Evil.
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11:07AM on 02/21/2011

Fucking Douchebag...

...again, I'm not a fan of the game, but this guy constantly pisses me off. He's an arrogant jerk-off and there's a reason why a lot of ppl in Hollywood won't work with him.
...again, I'm not a fan of the game, but this guy constantly pisses me off. He's an arrogant jerk-off and there's a reason why a lot of ppl in Hollywood won't work with him.
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10:58AM on 02/21/2011

No Understanding

Wanting to diverge from the source material COULD possibly work, but only if there was some semblance of the original core themes still intact!

The Game(s) - A clever, funny, and charming treasure hunter travels around the world looking for ancient relics to help himself and a few choice friends along the way, with no real family or group affiliation whatsoever.

The Proposed Film - NOTHING resembling the game(s).

In short, he doesn't want to make a film that respects the game(s).
Wanting to diverge from the source material COULD possibly work, but only if there was some semblance of the original core themes still intact!

The Game(s) - A clever, funny, and charming treasure hunter travels around the world looking for ancient relics to help himself and a few choice friends along the way, with no real family or group affiliation whatsoever.

The Proposed Film - NOTHING resembling the game(s).

In short, he doesn't want to make a film that respects the game(s). Either he's willfully ignorant of the source material, or knows all about the incredible award-winning source material and thinks "I know better.".

Which one of those options really sounds like a good way to approach anything, let alone a film?
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10:49AM on 02/21/2011
Nice way to toot your own horn. So, basically, he's saying "I don't care what anyone says, I'm going to make the film my way cause I am so awesome and everyone will go watch my movie anyway". One thing a director should be is humble, no matter how successful you are. I mean, I understand his points in casting Mark Wahlberg, but seriously, this whole commentary is just insulting. Guy needs to remove his head from his dark place and stop being such a douche to fans.
Nice way to toot your own horn. So, basically, he's saying "I don't care what anyone says, I'm going to make the film my way cause I am so awesome and everyone will go watch my movie anyway". One thing a director should be is humble, no matter how successful you are. I mean, I understand his points in casting Mark Wahlberg, but seriously, this whole commentary is just insulting. Guy needs to remove his head from his dark place and stop being such a douche to fans.
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1:30PM on 02/21/2011
Well... Why would he respect the fans ? Look at what the director of the Nightmare On Elm Street remake did: he INSULTED the fans and the movie was a BO hit anyway... So why bother?!
Well... Why would he respect the fans ? Look at what the director of the Nightmare On Elm Street remake did: he INSULTED the fans and the movie was a BO hit anyway... So why bother?!
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10:47AM on 02/21/2011
The fucking ego on this guy! One, past video game films have sucked because dumbass filmmakers decided to ignore the source material. It has nothing to do with video games themselves. Same shit was said about comic book films after Batman and Robin..."well, I guess comic books make for shitty films"...WRONG! Shitty filmmakers make for shitty films. Two, I cringed when Russell threw himself in there with Aronofsky. He may be as good as Aronofsky (personally, I don't think so) but the
The fucking ego on this guy! One, past video game films have sucked because dumbass filmmakers decided to ignore the source material. It has nothing to do with video games themselves. Same shit was said about comic book films after Batman and Robin..."well, I guess comic books make for shitty films"...WRONG! Shitty filmmakers make for shitty films. Two, I cringed when Russell threw himself in there with Aronofsky. He may be as good as Aronofsky (personally, I don't think so) but the hubris alone is shocking.
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10:24AM on 02/21/2011

As usual

Hollywood sees video games as merely toys and not serious enough source material. They can't get there fingers out of their ass and O'Russell is being a prick. Had the project to Uwe Boll already. It can't be any worse than this.
Hollywood sees video games as merely toys and not serious enough source material. They can't get there fingers out of their ass and O'Russell is being a prick. Had the project to Uwe Boll already. It can't be any worse than this.
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10:20AM on 02/21/2011

THIS GUY...ugh...

"...itís my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie."

That's a yes and no thing...there is value when the man is right for the job, or when he approaches the job in a tactful way...

I just feel like he's doing this BECAUSE HE wants to see it...HE wants to put people in it HE wants- PESCI, DENIRO- wtf? Too much divergence from source material right off the bat bc Russel's dick gets hard for these actors.

If that's the case...make the film and watch it
"...itís my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie."

That's a yes and no thing...there is value when the man is right for the job, or when he approaches the job in a tactful way...

I just feel like he's doing this BECAUSE HE wants to see it...HE wants to put people in it HE wants- PESCI, DENIRO- wtf? Too much divergence from source material right off the bat bc Russel's dick gets hard for these actors.

If that's the case...make the film and watch it alone, yah know?

I hated when he was approached by the fan in the Fillion case, and his bullshit response was: "why? bc he looks like that guy?"

"that guy?" seriously?

He should have said: "why bc he resembles DRAKE?" He could have at least mentioned the main character as something other than "that guy", to sorta broach the subject that he knew something about the game's world or continuity (I still feel like this man has never played these games)

This all just goes to show you where his head is...he probably did not even know the name of the main character at that point.

OBVIOUSLY, there's an audience for this stuff that can really clearly delineate what to do and not to do...he's not seeing it...which figures since it's a video game adaptation...and many others have missed the point, too.

...the yes/no's

NO- if he's not willing to work make a movie that's amazing for AUDIENCES it comes off masturbatory.

YES- if he has THE AUDIENCE in mind when making this film.

NO- when he says "trust me." I hate that he says that. It makes me feel dirty.

YES- he is name dropping Aronofsky out there.

NO- He's not saying the right things.

YES- he can pull it off, bc he's got money and time...but whether it's actually any good or not remains to be seen.

This guy's comment is brimming with hubris...he's his own worst enemy on this project...he really is.

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9:57AM on 02/21/2011
I have no desire to see this film.
I have no desire to see this film.
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9:57AM on 02/21/2011
Oh, and someone should make it known to him that he should never, ever compare himself to Darren Aronofsky again. Ever.
Oh, and someone should make it known to him that he should never, ever compare himself to Darren Aronofsky again. Ever.
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11:18AM on 02/21/2011
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8:30PM on 02/21/2011
Amen!
Amen!
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9:55AM on 02/21/2011
People aren't upset that he's making changes, they're upset that the changes he's making sound inexplicably dumb.
People aren't upset that he's making changes, they're upset that the changes he's making sound inexplicably dumb.
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11:51AM on 02/21/2011
You've said it the best.
You've said it the best.
9:54AM on 02/21/2011
The reason no video game movies have been "amazing" stand out films is because none of them have remained faithful to the source material. Its nice he's hearing all this backlash by the fans, and he's choosing to just ignore it. I wont be seeing this.
The reason no video game movies have been "amazing" stand out films is because none of them have remained faithful to the source material. Its nice he's hearing all this backlash by the fans, and he's choosing to just ignore it. I wont be seeing this.
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9:50AM on 02/21/2011

What a tool!

I'm not a fan of the game as it will never grace the hard drive of my Xbox. But what I'm also not a fan of is arrogant out of touch directors. Yeah, Darren Aronofsky is making an Xmen movie... totally. Is he making it after Wolverine? No he's making a Wolverine movie you fuktard! But even more disturbing is he just compared himself to Darren "I'm actually an Artist" Aronofsky. Now that's just silly. I hope the only award The Fighter wins is Best Supporting Actor cause the last thing we need is
I'm not a fan of the game as it will never grace the hard drive of my Xbox. But what I'm also not a fan of is arrogant out of touch directors. Yeah, Darren Aronofsky is making an Xmen movie... totally. Is he making it after Wolverine? No he's making a Wolverine movie you fuktard! But even more disturbing is he just compared himself to Darren "I'm actually an Artist" Aronofsky. Now that's just silly. I hope the only award The Fighter wins is Best Supporting Actor cause the last thing we need is to fuel this morons ego with a prestigious award.
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9:44AM on 02/21/2011
Yeah, I'm not convinced that this will be any good.

I am a fan of Russell since he directed two of my favorite movies, I Heart Huckabees, and The Fighter.

Us fans will just wait for the reboot with another director who actually cares about source material and that has Nathan Fillion starring.
Yeah, I'm not convinced that this will be any good.

I am a fan of Russell since he directed two of my favorite movies, I Heart Huckabees, and The Fighter.

Us fans will just wait for the reboot with another director who actually cares about source material and that has Nathan Fillion starring.
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