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David O. Russell talks about his plans for the Uncharted movie

12.01.2010

Those rumors were true -- director David O. Russell is indeed reuniting with frequent collaborator Mark Wahlberg for the UNCHARTED movie, and they're planning to add family members that haven't been introduced in the game series.

While the games involved leading man Nathan Drake hunting for El Dorado and scouring Asia for a mythical stone, Russell's approach to the feature adaptation is to include Drake's extended family "and put them in fraught, globetrotting situations with some of the world's most influential people," according to the LA Times.

"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," Russell said, seemingly ignoring everything about the games.

"We'll have the family dynamic, which we've done in a couple of movies now," he said (obviously referring to his work with Wahlberg on THE FIGHTER and I HEART HUCKABEES). "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."

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are presumably still being pursued to play the hero's relatives in Russell's NATIONAL TREASURE: NATHAN DRAKE AND THE LAST CRUSADE.

Extra Tidbit: Well, at least Naughty Dog is already working on UNCHARTED 3...
Source: LA Times

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3:02PM on 12/03/2010
When you adapt a novel into a film, sure, there are some minor changes here and there to make it work as a 2 hour movie, but you very seldom change the ENTIRE plot. Why the fuck can't they just a adapt a video game like a novel?
When you adapt a novel into a film, sure, there are some minor changes here and there to make it work as a 2 hour movie, but you very seldom change the ENTIRE plot. Why the fuck can't they just a adapt a video game like a novel?
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9:23PM on 12/02/2010
Mark Wahlberg's a multideminsional "actor" ...right?...right? R.I.P uncharted. Sounds like a good family bonding tresuring hunting movie now...


P.S-Didn't want to say it but, Fillion....
Mark Wahlberg's a multideminsional "actor" ...right?...right? R.I.P uncharted. Sounds like a good family bonding tresuring hunting movie now...


P.S-Didn't want to say it but, Fillion....
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7:29PM on 12/02/2010

Wait, this could work!

I mean, it worked for the Resident Evil movies, didn't it? No?? Aw, shit.
I mean, it worked for the Resident Evil movies, didn't it? No?? Aw, shit.
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5:07PM on 12/02/2010

I'll pirate this movie

than take a big shit on it...
than take a big shit on it...
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3:06PM on 12/02/2010
I think fans of the game are taking this way out of proportion. The games stand alone as great works of interactive fiction and I am happy this will not openly try to recreate every detail of the games. A huge percentage of games take ideas from iconic movies and translating that back into film is attempting to do somebody else's job better. It's like trying to make a Big Mac at Burger King with a different staff and supplies.
I think fans of the game are taking this way out of proportion. The games stand alone as great works of interactive fiction and I am happy this will not openly try to recreate every detail of the games. A huge percentage of games take ideas from iconic movies and translating that back into film is attempting to do somebody else's job better. It's like trying to make a Big Mac at Burger King with a different staff and supplies.
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3:26PM on 12/02/2010
I suppose what I'm trying to say is that the director knows how to tell a solid story, and if he gets the tone right...that's all that matters. Resident Evil would've been more respected if the tone resembled the games, even if the story strayed like it does already. Doom tried using the 1st Person P.O.V. which should get the DP fired. O. Russell is like Aronofsky with Wolverine. These are exercises to use their strengths in action...with a solid paycheck. These guys seem to have artistic
I suppose what I'm trying to say is that the director knows how to tell a solid story, and if he gets the tone right...that's all that matters. Resident Evil would've been more respected if the tone resembled the games, even if the story strayed like it does already. Doom tried using the 1st Person P.O.V. which should get the DP fired. O. Russell is like Aronofsky with Wolverine. These are exercises to use their strengths in action...with a solid paycheck. These guys seem to have artistic integrity, so we're lucky to get this from Hollywood.
1:39PM on 12/02/2010

Don't forget...

The travesty that was BloodRayne. GREAT game. Horrible film. Thanks Hollywood. You suck Rhino cock!
The travesty that was BloodRayne. GREAT game. Horrible film. Thanks Hollywood. You suck Rhino cock!
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1:37PM on 12/02/2010

Once again...

Hollywood takes a great idea or story and butchers it. Think Doom, Tomb Raider and Eragon. Why does he need to rewrite this story? It was already a FANTASTIC story. What an idiot!!!
Hollywood takes a great idea or story and butchers it. Think Doom, Tomb Raider and Eragon. Why does he need to rewrite this story? It was already a FANTASTIC story. What an idiot!!!
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1:00PM on 12/02/2010
Wow. This is such bullshit.
Is Sigourney Weaver playing his mom too?
How about adding a sister? And a dog? and a flying balloon piloted by Brendan Fraser?

Better yet. Cast Shia LaBeouf and put aliens in it...
Wow. This is such bullshit.
Is Sigourney Weaver playing his mom too?
How about adding a sister? And a dog? and a flying balloon piloted by Brendan Fraser?

Better yet. Cast Shia LaBeouf and put aliens in it...
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1:00PM on 12/02/2010

But will it have talking dogs?

Because Uncharted didn't have talking dogs, but that's sure to be what the video game was totally missing.
Because Uncharted didn't have talking dogs, but that's sure to be what the video game was totally missing.
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12:49PM on 12/02/2010

Wow all red

Russell is going all Uwe Boll on us
Russell is going all Uwe Boll on us
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12:06PM on 12/02/2010

STUPID!

We finally get a great videogame that can be made into a movie and someone has to ruin it by CHANGING THE STORY!
Why the hell cant we keep the same story that made the original game succesfull?
WHY?
We finally get a great videogame that can be made into a movie and someone has to ruin it by CHANGING THE STORY!
Why the hell cant we keep the same story that made the original game succesfull?
WHY?
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10:51AM on 12/02/2010

Worst prognosis for a movie EVER

First and [link]s description of the movie: "The Movie That Calls Itself..." was absolutely one of the funniest things I've read in a post. That cracked me up dude. Hilarious.


But yeah, seriously....Any fan of the games has got to be HUGELY disappointed this is what's coming from it. Really, why wouldnt they just make whatever movie they're planning to, but not call it Uncharted? If it has nothing to do with the games, why not just rename the characters and call the movie something
First and [link]s description of the movie: "The Movie That Calls Itself..." was absolutely one of the funniest things I've read in a post. That cracked me up dude. Hilarious.


But yeah, seriously....Any fan of the games has got to be HUGELY disappointed this is what's coming from it. Really, why wouldnt they just make whatever movie they're planning to, but not call it Uncharted? If it has nothing to do with the games, why not just rename the characters and call the movie something else? Basically this is just an excuse to use Nathan Drake as a character's name.

Double Dragon and Super Mario Bros. can now say "hello" to the movie that's going to make them look like Academy Award winners.
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10:15AM on 12/02/2010

The Hollywood Game-to-Film Equation

Here, X = the game in question.

*ahem*

X * (every current Hollywood trend) (a cast and director/writer that have no clue about the source material) - (fans and consideration for their beloved franchise) = total estimated tickets sold.
Here, X = the game in question.

*ahem*

X * (every current Hollywood trend) (a cast and director/writer that have no clue about the source material) - (fans and consideration for their beloved franchise) = total estimated tickets sold.
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9:43AM on 12/02/2010
I will not be seeing this. Hopefully Uncharted 3 comes out around the same time as "The Movie That Calls Itself 'Uncharted' But Is Actually A Generic Mark Wahlberg Disney Action Fluff Bullshit Family Fun Time Movie."

I can't wait to completely ignore the existence of this movie, and instead pay my hard-earned money to the real artists at Naughty Dog for Uncharted 3.
I will not be seeing this. Hopefully Uncharted 3 comes out around the same time as "The Movie That Calls Itself 'Uncharted' But Is Actually A Generic Mark Wahlberg Disney Action Fluff Bullshit Family Fun Time Movie."

I can't wait to completely ignore the existence of this movie, and instead pay my hard-earned money to the real artists at Naughty Dog for Uncharted 3.
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9:23AM on 12/02/2010
Oh fuck, another Wahlberg "vehicle". I wish someone would just buy him a fucking car.
Oh fuck, another Wahlberg "vehicle". I wish someone would just buy him a fucking car.
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5:12AM on 12/02/2010
David O. Russell just killed any hope of this movie being something worthy of watching.
David O. Russell just killed any hope of this movie being something worthy of watching.
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3:38AM on 12/02/2010
Up until now I was prepared to give the movie a chance, but after hearing this synposis? What a bloody joke.
Up until now I was prepared to give the movie a chance, but after hearing this synposis? What a bloody joke.
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1:53AM on 12/02/2010

NO

This is so bad, as a huge fan of these amazing games I can say this is a terrible idea. This series about Nathan being a badass adventurer that gets into ridiculous situations but find a way out, nothing about his "extended" family is ever a part of it. Mother F'ers!
This is so bad, as a huge fan of these amazing games I can say this is a terrible idea. This series about Nathan being a badass adventurer that gets into ridiculous situations but find a way out, nothing about his "extended" family is ever a part of it. Mother F'ers!
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1:52AM on 12/02/2010
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Hollywood, if you have no desire to revive the adventure film genre (You can shove your Indy 4 up your ass) then let it rest in piece. We don't need these half assed attempts.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Hollywood, if you have no desire to revive the adventure film genre (You can shove your Indy 4 up your ass) then let it rest in piece. We don't need these half assed attempts.
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1:53AM on 12/02/2010
You are really becoming my favorite poster on here man lol.
You are really becoming my favorite poster on here man lol.
11:16PM on 12/02/2010
Thank you.
Thank you.
1:38AM on 12/02/2010

This sounds like a great idea!

Fucking not. Thanks again, Hollywood.
Fucking not. Thanks again, Hollywood.
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1:10AM on 12/02/2010

Thank god for Uncharted 3

I'm so pissed off at the fact that my favorite game of all time is reduced to this crap. They're totally rewriting the series. What is Elena going to be his daughter now? I was once excited and now I am disappointed not only at Hollywood but at Naughty Dog for letting this happen.
I'm so pissed off at the fact that my favorite game of all time is reduced to this crap. They're totally rewriting the series. What is Elena going to be his daughter now? I was once excited and now I am disappointed not only at Hollywood but at Naughty Dog for letting this happen.
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12:38AM on 12/02/2010
Why are they creating a family for Nate when they could use Sully? He fits the father-figure, mentor kind of role, but I guess they're on a mission to ignore the games.
Why are they creating a family for Nate when they could use Sully? He fits the father-figure, mentor kind of role, but I guess they're on a mission to ignore the games.
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12:10AM on 12/02/2010
My anticipation is now gone from the film after reading what Russell had to say.

I Heart Huckabees was a great movie though.
My anticipation is now gone from the film after reading what Russell had to say.

I Heart Huckabees was a great movie though.
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11:42PM on 12/01/2010

Bull SHIT

This is sounding worse and worse everytime there is news on the film.

So stupid. Where is the Soloist? I'm waiting for him to say it sounds like a good idea, and that he liked previous video game to film adaptations.
This is sounding worse and worse everytime there is news on the film.

So stupid. Where is the Soloist? I'm waiting for him to say it sounds like a good idea, and that he liked previous video game to film adaptations.
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10:53PM on 12/01/2010
I wish there was some way to let Mr. O. Russell know that this is the worst possible idea in the history of ideas. Extra tidbit, you're our only hope...
I wish there was some way to let Mr. O. Russell know that this is the worst possible idea in the history of ideas. Extra tidbit, you're our only hope...
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10:53PM on 12/01/2010
This shit sounds like a cross between National Treasure and The Mummy. Might as well gave Brendan Fraiser the role of Nathan Drake, this sounds just like a movie he would do.
This shit sounds like a cross between National Treasure and The Mummy. Might as well gave Brendan Fraiser the role of Nathan Drake, this sounds just like a movie he would do.
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10:47PM on 12/01/2010
So basically... This isn't Uncharted?
So basically... This isn't Uncharted?
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10:46PM on 12/01/2010
Damn you, David O. Russell. Damn you.
Damn you, David O. Russell. Damn you.
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10:37PM on 12/01/2010
NOOOOOOOOOOO D:
This sounds way too much like National Treasure... The Uncharted games' stories are perfect. The plots themselves are more entertaining than those I've seen in most movies in the last couple of years. Just no. no no nooo.
NOOOOOOOOOOO D:
This sounds way too much like National Treasure... The Uncharted games' stories are perfect. The plots themselves are more entertaining than those I've seen in most movies in the last couple of years. Just no. no no nooo.
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10:33PM on 12/01/2010
If this was un related to Uncharted then I may have thought this was an interesting story idea. But to use the whole extended family and world of international art and antiquities is way to out in left field. Nathan Drakes is a wise crackin treasure hunter not a man that deals with heads of state and heads of museums. This just does not feel like the same character to me. What about Sully who was already like a father figure to Drake anyways. Also why have I not yet heard anything about Elena
If this was un related to Uncharted then I may have thought this was an interesting story idea. But to use the whole extended family and world of international art and antiquities is way to out in left field. Nathan Drakes is a wise crackin treasure hunter not a man that deals with heads of state and heads of museums. This just does not feel like the same character to me. What about Sully who was already like a father figure to Drake anyways. Also why have I not yet heard anything about Elena yet. Instead of Elena they will likely include his younger half sister or some shit.
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10:14PM on 12/01/2010

I'm glad Fillion didn't get cast.

Remember when Thomas Jane was trying really hard to get the part of Jonah Hex? Looks like Fillion might have dodged a bullet as well.
Remember when Thomas Jane was trying really hard to get the part of Jonah Hex? Looks like Fillion might have dodged a bullet as well.
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10:09PM on 12/01/2010
Uncharted should NEVER be made like this. It's going to be a pile of garbage.
Uncharted should NEVER be made like this. It's going to be a pile of garbage.
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9:59PM on 12/01/2010
Russell has stated already that he's looking to make the movie an experience, like the game (which I haven't played) is an experience, only in the movie world. So what I'm taking away from this is his intention to break quite severely with the property in order to flesh out the characters in a way video-game movies haven't really done. In truth, when a director like David O. Russell signs on to do a video-game adaptation, you have to wonder what he sees in it. He's usually pretty good at
Russell has stated already that he's looking to make the movie an experience, like the game (which I haven't played) is an experience, only in the movie world. So what I'm taking away from this is his intention to break quite severely with the property in order to flesh out the characters in a way video-game movies haven't really done. In truth, when a director like David O. Russell signs on to do a video-game adaptation, you have to wonder what he sees in it. He's usually pretty good at creating interesting relationships we care about, so whatever he has in mind I say more power to him. I gotta think it'll be better then whatever Jon Turtletaub is doing.
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10:17PM on 12/01/2010
That would be a valid argument if the source material didn't already have some of the best (if not THE best) characterization of any action-adventure videogame ever made. It's not like Sonic the Hedgehog or Plants vs. Zombies where they'd need to sit down and say "Okay, how can we flesh this game property out into a movie?" Russell's idea might be interesting, but it just doesn't sound like Uncharted.
That would be a valid argument if the source material didn't already have some of the best (if not THE best) characterization of any action-adventure videogame ever made. It's not like Sonic the Hedgehog or Plants vs. Zombies where they'd need to sit down and say "Okay, how can we flesh this game property out into a movie?" Russell's idea might be interesting, but it just doesn't sound like Uncharted.
9:58PM on 12/01/2010

i've played

and beaten both Uncharted 1 & 2. and i can tell you that the movie should NOT be a family film. the games are simply incredible and are full of action and adventure. it's way more mature than a family film. i hope this changes
and beaten both Uncharted 1 & 2. and i can tell you that the movie should NOT be a family film. the games are simply incredible and are full of action and adventure. it's way more mature than a family film. i hope this changes
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9:34PM on 12/01/2010
Sounds like National Treasure. I really don't understand how a filmmaker can be so presumptuous and egotistical to think that they can come up with better ideas than the tried and tested concepts of the source material.
Sounds like National Treasure. I really don't understand how a filmmaker can be so presumptuous and egotistical to think that they can come up with better ideas than the tried and tested concepts of the source material.
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9:34PM on 12/01/2010

One thing to consider

is that most video game movies suck whether or not the stray far from the source material, and David O. Russel is a damn good director and could change all of that. Fillion not getting the part may big the biggest travesty since the last airbender, but at least a good actor like Wahlburg got the part (DeNiro and Pesci too). That being said, as a fan of the games, I'm bummed that the movie seems to diverge greatly. But the studios are obviously putting a lot into this, so who knows it could be
is that most video game movies suck whether or not the stray far from the source material, and David O. Russel is a damn good director and could change all of that. Fillion not getting the part may big the biggest travesty since the last airbender, but at least a good actor like Wahlburg got the part (DeNiro and Pesci too). That being said, as a fan of the games, I'm bummed that the movie seems to diverge greatly. But the studios are obviously putting a lot into this, so who knows it could be the first truly great video game movie.
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9:25PM on 12/01/2010
fuk marky mark. he's a punk ass bitch that whispers his lines throughout every movie.
fuk marky mark. he's a punk ass bitch that whispers his lines throughout every movie.
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9:25PM on 12/01/2010

Fuck it

Why even call it Uncharted?
Why even call it Uncharted?
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9:23PM on 12/01/2010
This sounds like the worst possible direction for this film to go...
This sounds like the worst possible direction for this film to go...
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9:07PM on 12/01/2010
The game is amazing...don't start getting original and change it...plus I'm still pissed about no Nathan Fillion
The game is amazing...don't start getting original and change it...plus I'm still pissed about no Nathan Fillion
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9:19PM on 12/01/2010
We all are dude.....we all are
We all are dude.....we all are
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