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Neil Burger now directing the Uncharted movie

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Fans rejoiced when David O. Russell departed the UNCHARTED movie and took his terrible canon-altering ideas with him, and now the project has found a new director.

It's Neil Burger, who hasn't done much, but you know him best from THE ILLUSIONIST and more recently LIMITLESS, which is one of my favorite sleeper movies of the year.

There is no word on whether Mark Wahlberg is sticking around in the titular role of Drake, but I have a hunch he'll leave now that Russell's gone. So can fans hope for Nathan Fillion once more? Might this director have actually heard of him?

Russell leaving is a double-edged sword. Yeah, he had some crazy ideas, but the man is an Oscar-caliber director, something video game movies rarely have. Will Burger be able to produce the same quality of film that Russell would have? I kind of doubt it, but I hope so.

Extra Tidbit: Bruce Campbell for Sully.
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2:05AM on 07/09/2011

Good Riddance!

Russell was an incredibly stupid choice. One of the things necessary for a good video game movie is knowing what the fans want to see. Marky-Mark was NOT what the fans wanted. Personally, I'm all for Fillion as Drake, I've compared the two since i played the original Uncharted. Another actor that I think would be a good choice for Drake that no one on this particular post has mentioned is James Roday of Psych fame. He has the look, style, and comedy needed for a good Drake. I don't really know
Russell was an incredibly stupid choice. One of the things necessary for a good video game movie is knowing what the fans want to see. Marky-Mark was NOT what the fans wanted. Personally, I'm all for Fillion as Drake, I've compared the two since i played the original Uncharted. Another actor that I think would be a good choice for Drake that no one on this particular post has mentioned is James Roday of Psych fame. He has the look, style, and comedy needed for a good Drake. I don't really know about Cooper as Drake, but I agree that he would be an excellent Flynn. Bruce Campbell as ANYONE is awesome, so I'll back him as Sully. Now bring on the hotties for Drake to mack. If its an original story, they could cast anyone. But if adapting, i would say someone like Malin Akerman as Elena.
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9:24PM on 07/08/2011
I can sooo see Campbell as Sully. Brdman13 brings up a good point with Chris Pine as Drake...I like.
I can sooo see Campbell as Sully. Brdman13 brings up a good point with Chris Pine as Drake...I like.
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1:43PM on 07/08/2011
I still don't understand why they're doing this. I'm just gonna get my hopes up for this movie, then it's going to blow like just about every other video game movie ever made.
I still don't understand why they're doing this. I'm just gonna get my hopes up for this movie, then it's going to blow like just about every other video game movie ever made.
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6:22AM on 07/08/2011

Thank god

Im glad Russell is off the project. And while I think fillion could pull it off if he got into shape, I actually think Chris Pine has the right Charisma for the part. He may not look like Drake but its about capturing the spirit of the character not just finding a look-a-like
Im glad Russell is off the project. And while I think fillion could pull it off if he got into shape, I actually think Chris Pine has the right Charisma for the part. He may not look like Drake but its about capturing the spirit of the character not just finding a look-a-like
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5:18AM on 07/08/2011
Can't be any worse than "Indiana Marky Mark". Will wait to hear on casting before I judge.
Can't be any worse than "Indiana Marky Mark". Will wait to hear on casting before I judge.
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1:26AM on 07/08/2011
People (fanboys) really need to understand that Fillion has ZERO box office credibility to his name, not to mention the fact that he is in his 40s. There's just no way a big studio like Sony would risk what could be a big franchise on an unproven TV actor. I like the guy, but it's never going to happen.

Cooper on the other hand is both younger and more successful, and is coming off of a huge box office hit.
People (fanboys) really need to understand that Fillion has ZERO box office credibility to his name, not to mention the fact that he is in his 40s. There's just no way a big studio like Sony would risk what could be a big franchise on an unproven TV actor. I like the guy, but it's never going to happen.

Cooper on the other hand is both younger and more successful, and is coming off of a huge box office hit.
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9:53AM on 07/08/2011
Just because the chance of him being cast is slim doesnt make him any worse for the role. I would rather have one good Uncharted movie with Fillion than a mediocre Uncharted film franchise with Cooper
Just because the chance of him being cast is slim doesnt make him any worse for the role. I would rather have one good Uncharted movie with Fillion than a mediocre Uncharted film franchise with Cooper
1:41PM on 07/08/2011
Uncharted is one of my favorite video game franchises of all time, and I am 100% PS3 fanboy all the way. And i have to agree with you dillis about Fillion. He's just too old :/
Uncharted is one of my favorite video game franchises of all time, and I am 100% PS3 fanboy all the way. And i have to agree with you dillis about Fillion. He's just too old :/
1:11AM on 07/08/2011
I haven't played the game, since I'm a hardcore 360 man, but I'm all for a movie version of this. It seems like a fun concept. I hated the fact that O. Russel was a board though. He is too serious of a director for a film like this. This movie needs a fun director. Burger is the right man. "The Illusionist" was very good from what I remember (I need to rewatch it) and I haven't seen "Limitless" yet but it looks like a fun ride. Burger will do just fine.

As far as casting Cooper is decent
I haven't played the game, since I'm a hardcore 360 man, but I'm all for a movie version of this. It seems like a fun concept. I hated the fact that O. Russel was a board though. He is too serious of a director for a film like this. This movie needs a fun director. Burger is the right man. "The Illusionist" was very good from what I remember (I need to rewatch it) and I haven't seen "Limitless" yet but it looks like a fun ride. Burger will do just fine.

As far as casting Cooper is decent but he's alittle over exposed right now. Like I said I haven't played the game but what do all of you think about Thomas Jane? After the whole "Headshot" thing he needs a good film to back himself up with. He can do comedy very well too so I'm positive he could make this a very fun character. Although I love Fillion in anything he does so I'm down with him in the lead too.
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1:27AM on 07/08/2011
Jane is awesome, but a terrible choice for Drake. If he put on some weight he could maybe pull off Sully though.
Jane is awesome, but a terrible choice for Drake. If he put on some weight he could maybe pull off Sully though.
12:52AM on 07/08/2011
While I'm still against an Uncharted movie, this news already sounds better than David O. Russell's stupid handling of the story. If it wasn't for Christian Bale, The Fighter would've been a forgettable film. O. Russell isn't that great to begin with.
Bradley Cooper as Drake and Bruce Campbell as Sully is some damn good casting, though.
While I'm still against an Uncharted movie, this news already sounds better than David O. Russell's stupid handling of the story. If it wasn't for Christian Bale, The Fighter would've been a forgettable film. O. Russell isn't that great to begin with.
Bradley Cooper as Drake and Bruce Campbell as Sully is some damn good casting, though.
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12:33AM on 07/08/2011
Bruce Campbell for Sull? Oh my god Paul you're a GENIUS! But I'm not sure that it's such a good idea as Bruce would end up stealing all the scenes he's in.
Bruce Campbell for Sull? Oh my god Paul you're a GENIUS! But I'm not sure that it's such a good idea as Bruce would end up stealing all the scenes he's in.
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10:13PM on 07/07/2011
The director himself looks like Drake, an obviously older Drake. I'm glad this story wasn't butchered, I like Russell but his vision wasn't Uncharted at all.
The director himself looks like Drake, an obviously older Drake. I'm glad this story wasn't butchered, I like Russell but his vision wasn't Uncharted at all.
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9:41PM on 07/07/2011
@VideoK1d yeah if cooper gets it..i can live with it, too...good gut call.
@VideoK1d yeah if cooper gets it..i can live with it, too...good gut call.
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8:10PM on 07/07/2011

My guts tell me

Bradley Cooper is getting it
and that would be great casting!
Bradley Cooper is getting it
and that would be great casting!
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7:46PM on 07/07/2011

nice

the illusionist was excelent and limitless pretty good, so i think as far as directors go, this is a good choice. o'russle is not a double edged sword, just because you can direct an oscar movie doesnt automatically mean every idea you have is gold. his ideas for uncharted were razzy worthy so bye bye marky mark, and bring on some one who actually knows what the uncharted characters and story are about!

im crossing my fingers for Fillion, but since hes doing the Castle tv series, i aloso
the illusionist was excelent and limitless pretty good, so i think as far as directors go, this is a good choice. o'russle is not a double edged sword, just because you can direct an oscar movie doesnt automatically mean every idea you have is gold. his ideas for uncharted were razzy worthy so bye bye marky mark, and bring on some one who actually knows what the uncharted characters and story are about!

im crossing my fingers for Fillion, but since hes doing the Castle tv series, i aloso just hope for some one who can bring the character to life and do a good job.
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7:32PM on 07/07/2011
Im gonna keep an open mind. And yes, I also thought Bruce Campbell would make an excellent Sully. If Fillion is totally out of the running, than I would definitely suggest Jesen ackles.

Also, I'm hoping and betting that they do not adapt an actual game storyline and just come up with an original adventure. So many games are wrapped around a concept rather a character. Nathan Drake is the kind of character who could go across mediums (comics, tv, film, games)
Im gonna keep an open mind. And yes, I also thought Bruce Campbell would make an excellent Sully. If Fillion is totally out of the running, than I would definitely suggest Jesen ackles.

Also, I'm hoping and betting that they do not adapt an actual game storyline and just come up with an original adventure. So many games are wrapped around a concept rather a character. Nathan Drake is the kind of character who could go across mediums (comics, tv, film, games)
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7:07PM on 07/07/2011

Not bad!

I'm just glad Russell is gone, he's bad news. I'm stilling campaigning for Fillion to get the part of Nathan Drake, but I'd be okay with my personal runner-up Bradley Cooper(which is likely if Burger has a say). And I agree: Bruce Campbell for Sully damn it!
I'm just glad Russell is gone, he's bad news. I'm stilling campaigning for Fillion to get the part of Nathan Drake, but I'd be okay with my personal runner-up Bradley Cooper(which is likely if Burger has a say). And I agree: Bruce Campbell for Sully damn it!
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6:36PM on 07/07/2011
This film doesn't need an Oscar caliber director if they are going to treat the project like trash. If this guy is smart, he'll listen to the fan base. I know that the majority of fans know diddily about filmmaking, but they know their game. Please just do this right.
This film doesn't need an Oscar caliber director if they are going to treat the project like trash. If this guy is smart, he'll listen to the fan base. I know that the majority of fans know diddily about filmmaking, but they know their game. Please just do this right.
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5:22PM on 07/07/2011

UnchartedCharacter Casting

I was on IGN today and the ass covering that story thought that Burger would get Bradley Cooper to play as Drake... tell me ... THOSE WHO HAVE PLAYED UNCHARTED... which British character in Uncharted 2 DOES BRADLEY COOPER LOOK LIKE!? I'm still a firm believer that Fillion will get his due from the outcry of fans. You'd HOPE that those in the film industry would do the fans of the series a solid and just get Fillion!
I was on IGN today and the ass covering that story thought that Burger would get Bradley Cooper to play as Drake... tell me ... THOSE WHO HAVE PLAYED UNCHARTED... which British character in Uncharted 2 DOES BRADLEY COOPER LOOK LIKE!? I'm still a firm believer that Fillion will get his due from the outcry of fans. You'd HOPE that those in the film industry would do the fans of the series a solid and just get Fillion!
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5:42PM on 07/07/2011
I think Cooper would be a great Drake. Flynn shouldn't been in the movie. Plus if he were, there are lots of guys that look like him, that might have a Scottish accent. I'd rather see that.
I think Cooper would be a great Drake. Flynn shouldn't been in the movie. Plus if he were, there are lots of guys that look like him, that might have a Scottish accent. I'd rather see that.
12:35AM on 07/08/2011
I'm a huge fan of the series and I don't want Fillion near this movie!!!
I'm a huge fan of the series and I don't want Fillion near this movie!!!
5:16PM on 07/07/2011

Working with Neil

I had a blast working under Neil on LIMITLESS. I'm happy to hear that he's attached to UNCHARTED and confident that he'll tackle the material with confidence and respect for the mythology.
I had a blast working under Neil on LIMITLESS. I'm happy to hear that he's attached to UNCHARTED and confident that he'll tackle the material with confidence and respect for the mythology.
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7:01PM on 07/07/2011
What did you do in Limitless?
What did you do in Limitless?
4:47PM on 07/07/2011
Now hire Nathan Fillion, damn it!!
Now hire Nathan Fillion, damn it!!
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4:07PM on 07/07/2011
My, what a strikingly handsome man.

No homo.
My, what a strikingly handsome man.

No homo.
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4:38PM on 07/07/2011
Write, direct and star...YUM YUM!
Write, direct and star...YUM YUM!
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4:03PM on 07/07/2011

Good News

Fillion would be a great choice, but I think Josh Hopkins who is a lesser known actor really looks the part. I like him.
Fillion would be a great choice, but I think Josh Hopkins who is a lesser known actor really looks the part. I like him.
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4:03PM on 07/07/2011
This is interesting, but I am excited! Heck, I'd take David Boreanaz for Drake, too. He looks the part more than Fillion and also has that Whedon-esque humor the character was based on. I'm just happy this project took a turn for the better.
This is interesting, but I am excited! Heck, I'd take David Boreanaz for Drake, too. He looks the part more than Fillion and also has that Whedon-esque humor the character was based on. I'm just happy this project took a turn for the better.
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3:55PM on 07/07/2011
Enough Cooper, more Fillion!
Enough Cooper, more Fillion!
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3:49PM on 07/07/2011
Good news!! Both illusionist and limitless are underrated. Just soo gald russel and his idea's are gone. The perfect casting would be nathan and bruce campbell as sully. That would make fans reallly rejoice.
Good news!! Both illusionist and limitless are underrated. Just soo gald russel and his idea's are gone. The perfect casting would be nathan and bruce campbell as sully. That would make fans reallly rejoice.
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3:36PM on 07/07/2011
Yes! And Mark is gone. So glad Sony didnt like his changes and didnt like the projected budget. Bruce Campbell for Sully and David Boreanaz for Drake. Im not holding my breath on Fillion even though I like him a lot
Yes! And Mark is gone. So glad Sony didnt like his changes and didnt like the projected budget. Bruce Campbell for Sully and David Boreanaz for Drake. Im not holding my breath on Fillion even though I like him a lot
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3:32PM on 07/07/2011
This is a great choice. The Illusionist was a great film. I never caught Limitless, but Burger has a knack for quality difference from the norm, and I am sure he'll make a great film. Let's remind ourselves that Gavin Hood was a great director, his movie Rendition was a phenomenal film, and then he made Wolverine.
This is a great choice. The Illusionist was a great film. I never caught Limitless, but Burger has a knack for quality difference from the norm, and I am sure he'll make a great film. Let's remind ourselves that Gavin Hood was a great director, his movie Rendition was a phenomenal film, and then he made Wolverine.
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3:22PM on 07/07/2011
Neil Burger's first film, Interview with an Assassin was a great film, and put him on my radar of directors to watch out for. IMO he hasn't made a bad movie since. I think he is a great choice.
Neil Burger's first film, Interview with an Assassin was a great film, and put him on my radar of directors to watch out for. IMO he hasn't made a bad movie since. I think he is a great choice.
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3:14PM on 07/07/2011
Yeah an Oscar winning director doesn't mean shit half the time. Especially when it comes to Russell. He's off his rocker and would have ruined any chance of a good Uncharted movie.

I don't know much about this Burger, but I'm sure he'll be more faithful to the games than Russell would have been.
Yeah an Oscar winning director doesn't mean shit half the time. Especially when it comes to Russell. He's off his rocker and would have ruined any chance of a good Uncharted movie.

I don't know much about this Burger, but I'm sure he'll be more faithful to the games than Russell would have been.
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3:14PM on 07/07/2011
It can't possibly turn out any worse than Russel's family version of Uncharted. I know a bunch of people have been screaming for Nathan Fillion and while I like the guy as much as anyone, Bradley Cooper would work great too I think. I just re-played the first Uncharted game and I can even see some resemblance. Just picture Cooper with black hair. He's certainly got the sarcastic sense of humor for the part too.
It can't possibly turn out any worse than Russel's family version of Uncharted. I know a bunch of people have been screaming for Nathan Fillion and while I like the guy as much as anyone, Bradley Cooper would work great too I think. I just re-played the first Uncharted game and I can even see some resemblance. Just picture Cooper with black hair. He's certainly got the sarcastic sense of humor for the part too.
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3:11PM on 07/07/2011
I hope he brings Bradley Cooper in as Drake. Ever since I played the game I thought Cooper would be perfect for Drake.
I hope he brings Bradley Cooper in as Drake. Ever since I played the game I thought Cooper would be perfect for Drake.
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3:00PM on 07/07/2011
Doesn't really matter to me who directs it, but I would love to see Nathan Fillion in the role as much as everyone else. But Bradley Cooper might be a great choice too. After seeing him in The A-Team, I think he has a lot of traits that Nathan Drake has. He can definitely pull the stunts and can be really funny too. If he just did Limitless with this Burger guy, I would say that it puts him in the running in a big way.
Doesn't really matter to me who directs it, but I would love to see Nathan Fillion in the role as much as everyone else. But Bradley Cooper might be a great choice too. After seeing him in The A-Team, I think he has a lot of traits that Nathan Drake has. He can definitely pull the stunts and can be really funny too. If he just did Limitless with this Burger guy, I would say that it puts him in the running in a big way.
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2:59PM on 07/07/2011
I honestly dont get why we haven't got a real good video game adaption, just simplify things and don't cram so much in the movie, your not going to be able to hit every single subplot or minor interactions from the video game
I honestly dont get why we haven't got a real good video game adaption, just simplify things and don't cram so much in the movie, your not going to be able to hit every single subplot or minor interactions from the video game
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2:46PM on 07/07/2011

ZZZZZZZZ....

Am I the only one who isn't excited about another video game to film adaptation? Great game-- but do I need to see a movie, you know it's going to be completely underwhelming and not as strong as the source material which isn't exactly original to begin with. On a side note-- watch Bradley Cooper play Drake.
Am I the only one who isn't excited about another video game to film adaptation? Great game-- but do I need to see a movie, you know it's going to be completely underwhelming and not as strong as the source material which isn't exactly original to begin with. On a side note-- watch Bradley Cooper play Drake.
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2:36PM on 07/07/2011
Oscar caliber directors are not neither infallible or the right man for the job in every case.

Spielberg has had clunkers himself, after all...
Oscar caliber directors are not neither infallible or the right man for the job in every case.

Spielberg has had clunkers himself, after all...
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2:25PM on 07/07/2011
i think this has been the best choice for a director for this film yet. I think hell do a great job. I hope Fillion gets the role.
i think this has been the best choice for a director for this film yet. I think hell do a great job. I hope Fillion gets the role.
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2:17PM on 07/07/2011
Because Russell was nominated for an Oscar does not mean that his idea would have been of any quality. Im pretty sure it would have been shit because he was stepping all over what makes the video game a hit. Russell leaving is the best thing that could have happened to this film!!!
Because Russell was nominated for an Oscar does not mean that his idea would have been of any quality. Im pretty sure it would have been shit because he was stepping all over what makes the video game a hit. Russell leaving is the best thing that could have happened to this film!!!
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