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01.08.2011

UPDATE: Back and forth... Following last week's supposed "debunking" of Russell's plan and Mark Wahlberg's involvement in UNCHARTED, Moviehole just chatted with the actor and got this salient quote: "David O’Russell is writing right now and hopes to direct. It’s myself, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro". Wahlberg says they are "hopefully going to shoot it in the Summer time".

(Or maybe, like some fans of the game hope, the entire thing falls apart...)

Also, check out the new CES trailer of the game sequel below!

December 30th, 2010:

"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."

That's what director David O. Russell just recently told the LA Times about his plans for his movie adaptation of the popular UNCHARTED videogame franchise, leading its many fans to wonder why he... seemed to be ignoring nearly everything about the games. Coupled with reported involvement of Russell's three-time collaborator Mark Wahlberg starring as the hero (and worse, the director not even recognizing the name of fan-fave Nathan Fillion), followers/players of fortune hunter Nathan Drake have been left mystified and disappointed.

But wait -- the game site Joystiq caught up with Justin Richmond, the director of the in-development console sequel UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE'S DECEPTION. Richmond seemed to refute the filmmaker's bizarre "family dynamic" angle, saying "First of all, all that stuff was denied by David O. Russell. He actually called us up and was like, 'I don't know what these guys are talking about.'"

Hmmm. Now, Russell's supposed denial of his own statement to the game company seems spurious (especially since none of his public comments about the project have made it sound like he's even interested in the games), but Joystiq also claims that Wahlberg "isn't anywhere near to being confirmed to play Nathan Drake either -- it's just Hollywood scuttlebutt." Which also sounds fishy, considering the actor has been essentially confirming it himself that he'd be making it. And then there's that whole Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci thing...

So what's going on here? Is it some kind of damage control to placate the game's makers and fanbase? Or is there just a huge disconnect between the developers at Naughty Dog and the people turning their property into a movie? Is the studio pumping the brakes because of fan backlash, or just trying to muzzle the director and actor about their plans? Time will tell...

Extra Tidbit: Does anyone else think this incarnation of the UNCHARTED movie project will inevitably just crumble like an ancient temple, and Sony rebuilds from scratch?
Source: Joystiq

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10:31PM on 01/09/2011
To be real with ya, I dont care anymore till I see something solid.
To be real with ya, I dont care anymore till I see something solid.
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9:32PM on 01/09/2011

WTF with this cast?

Wahlberg, DeNiro and Pesci in a video game movie? How about Spoiler Alert? A cool little indie film [link]
Wahlberg, DeNiro and Pesci in a video game movie? How about Spoiler Alert? A cool little indie film [link]
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6:32PM on 01/09/2011
Still doesn't sound good.
Still doesn't sound good.
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4:44PM on 01/09/2011

I sense apologies in the future.

After they make this...there will be another set of apologizing directors and actors.
After they make this...there will be another set of apologizing directors and actors.
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1:25AM on 01/09/2011

Entourage... Billy Walsh?

Does this strike anyone as similar to a plot line of "Entourage?" I always thought that Billy Walsh was a characterization of David O. Russell, given that it is somewhat auto-biographical of Wahlberg. Billy Walsh tries to adapt "Lost in the Clouds" and ends up with "Silo." It just seems to me that, as talented as this guy is (see "The Fighter"), maybe adapting a video game simply isn't his bag? Kind of like the reverse Darren Aronofsky (fingers crossed.)

And for what it's worth... sure
Does this strike anyone as similar to a plot line of "Entourage?" I always thought that Billy Walsh was a characterization of David O. Russell, given that it is somewhat auto-biographical of Wahlberg. Billy Walsh tries to adapt "Lost in the Clouds" and ends up with "Silo." It just seems to me that, as talented as this guy is (see "The Fighter"), maybe adapting a video game simply isn't his bag? Kind of like the reverse Darren Aronofsky (fingers crossed.)

And for what it's worth... sure it's only a video game, but it's one that has a legion of fans who have already been introduced to the cannon. That doesn't mean that you have to copy the screenplay of the game... but if it's already so popular, why not start there as a jumping off point as opposed to reinventing the wheel?
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12:52AM on 01/09/2011
I'm less concerned with who's playing Drake and what the story is as I am concerned with the complete lack of communication between those involved. If they can't get THEIR OWN story straight, how can they get any story straight?
I'm less concerned with who's playing Drake and what the story is as I am concerned with the complete lack of communication between those involved. If they can't get THEIR OWN story straight, how can they get any story straight?
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6:59PM on 01/08/2011

The movie is going to suck

It's being adapted from a video game. 99 percent chance it's going to suck. Calm down.
It's being adapted from a video game. 99 percent chance it's going to suck. Calm down.
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1:19PM on 01/08/2011

Pesci and Deniro..

Pesci and Deniro couldn't wait for the Irishman to reunite? I hope they just drop off the project and wait for the great Marty S to direct them back to greatness.
Pesci and Deniro couldn't wait for the Irishman to reunite? I hope they just drop off the project and wait for the great Marty S to direct them back to greatness.
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12:52PM on 01/08/2011
Uncharted is a GAME not a MOVIE! I get a cinematic enough experience from the game, why would I bother with a movie?
Uncharted is a GAME not a MOVIE! I get a cinematic enough experience from the game, why would I bother with a movie?
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12:44PM on 01/08/2011

Wow

"Or maybe, like some fans of the game hope, the entire thing falls apart..."
What a shitty thing to say. This film's gonna put people to work, jackass. It's being directed by a guy who made one of the best films of 2010. If he wants to change the story, fine! It's a fucking video game. Calm down bitches.
"Or maybe, like some fans of the game hope, the entire thing falls apart..."
What a shitty thing to say. This film's gonna put people to work, jackass. It's being directed by a guy who made one of the best films of 2010. If he wants to change the story, fine! It's a fucking video game. Calm down bitches.
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1:32PM on 01/08/2011
i can see your point until someone fucks with a source material that you have come to love! you probably would love an old boy will smith remake cuz "ITS JUST A FUCKING MOVIE:
i can see your point until someone fucks with a source material that you have come to love! you probably would love an old boy will smith remake cuz "ITS JUST A FUCKING MOVIE:
11:56AM on 01/08/2011
I've been ok with my favorite games being turned into movies and being sort of ruined...I can live with it. The only ones I wish they could leave alone are the two that are ALREADY MOVIES. That would be Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid. Leave it alone or give us EXACTLY THE SAME THING but with real people. I'm also worried Mark Wahlberg won't find the humor in the role. Nathan Fillion would've been a much better choice.
I've been ok with my favorite games being turned into movies and being sort of ruined...I can live with it. The only ones I wish they could leave alone are the two that are ALREADY MOVIES. That would be Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid. Leave it alone or give us EXACTLY THE SAME THING but with real people. I'm also worried Mark Wahlberg won't find the humor in the role. Nathan Fillion would've been a much better choice.
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8:15AM on 01/03/2011
i just dont see how they will make a movie of this. The game itsekf is a movie. Will they just translate the game to a movie word for word? They would also have to cut a lot out of the movie because the game is about 10-12 hours.

I dont see a way of making a good movie other than having Naughty Dog directly involved (write the original script, casting, choosing a director.)

Remember all of those crappy superhero flicks that came out until Marvel decided to create Marvel Studios? same
i just dont see how they will make a movie of this. The game itsekf is a movie. Will they just translate the game to a movie word for word? They would also have to cut a lot out of the movie because the game is about 10-12 hours.

I dont see a way of making a good movie other than having Naughty Dog directly involved (write the original script, casting, choosing a director.)

Remember all of those crappy superhero flicks that came out until Marvel decided to create Marvel Studios? same thing should be applied here.
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6:55PM on 01/08/2011
I appreciate your opinion and agree that ND makes AMAZING games, but they don't kno squat about making movies and need to stay out of the biz. They should not go anywhere near the film like you suggest - sorry
I appreciate your opinion and agree that ND makes AMAZING games, but they don't kno squat about making movies and need to stay out of the biz. They should not go anywhere near the film like you suggest - sorry
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3:53AM on 01/01/2011
why the game is a movie!!!!!
why the game is a movie!!!!!
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10:47PM on 12/31/2010

they need to change..

..direction with this clip or else Uncle Hank comes and teach em all a lesson.
..direction with this clip or else Uncle Hank comes and teach em all a lesson.
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4:26PM on 12/31/2010

So...

...what IS going on with that whole Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci thing??
...what IS going on with that whole Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci thing??
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1:48PM on 12/31/2010

LOOK GUYS

i trust David O'Russell enough as a filmmaker to OK him taking some liberties with the Uncharted movie's plot... after all, we all talk about how cinematic the game is, so why would we want to watch the same story again? Art thieves and antiquities dealers? I'll still pay to see it if it's his vision... he has that right.

The right he DOESN'T have, in my eyes, is to take liberties with Nathan Drake's character, his portrayal on screen, how we, as fans want to see him on the big screen.
i trust David O'Russell enough as a filmmaker to OK him taking some liberties with the Uncharted movie's plot... after all, we all talk about how cinematic the game is, so why would we want to watch the same story again? Art thieves and antiquities dealers? I'll still pay to see it if it's his vision... he has that right.

The right he DOESN'T have, in my eyes, is to take liberties with Nathan Drake's character, his portrayal on screen, how we, as fans want to see him on the big screen. Unlike the infinite number of stories that may work, Drake IS Uncharted, and Wahlberg IS NOT Drake.
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5:25PM on 12/30/2010
This article made me think of Danny DeVito's character in L.A. Confidential. Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
This article made me think of Danny DeVito's character in L.A. Confidential. Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
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4:40PM on 12/30/2010
JUST DONT FUCKIN MAKE IT!!! Let video game stay videogames, this movie is unnecessary and unwanted. If I want the Uncharted experience I'll just play the two games again. A movie will do nothing for anybody.
JUST DONT FUCKIN MAKE IT!!! Let video game stay videogames, this movie is unnecessary and unwanted. If I want the Uncharted experience I'll just play the two games again. A movie will do nothing for anybody.
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3:52PM on 12/30/2010
I hope this falls apart and we get another director and said director casts Nathan Fillion for the lead and actually stays true to the original material.
I hope this falls apart and we get another director and said director casts Nathan Fillion for the lead and actually stays true to the original material.
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4:19PM on 12/30/2010
wow, you actually want this to be a "good" movie...weird.......
wow, you actually want this to be a "good" movie...weird.......
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11:44AM on 12/30/2010

TIDBIT

I hope so.
I hope so.
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8:27AM on 12/30/2010
I know I've been curious since Russell first signed on if he was gonna stay with this project. I won't pretend to be thrilled by the news that had been coming out, but I was willing to give him a little bit of the benefit of the doubt because he seemed to be doing his own version of the story for a movie audience, not video game fans, which in essence makes sense to me. How he was going to do it might be disagreeable, but now it sounds like the Powers That Be intervened.
I know I've been curious since Russell first signed on if he was gonna stay with this project. I won't pretend to be thrilled by the news that had been coming out, but I was willing to give him a little bit of the benefit of the doubt because he seemed to be doing his own version of the story for a movie audience, not video game fans, which in essence makes sense to me. How he was going to do it might be disagreeable, but now it sounds like the Powers That Be intervened.
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7:37AM on 12/30/2010
It finally seems like fan outcry may be making a difference. Though I dont like Mark Wahlberg I was far more concerned witht the the idea of having Drakes extended family in the picture. The family angle made the movie sound way to much like nathional treasure. Just keep it simple and follow the games already awesome story. There is a reason the games felt like you were playing a movie.
It finally seems like fan outcry may be making a difference. Though I dont like Mark Wahlberg I was far more concerned witht the the idea of having Drakes extended family in the picture. The family angle made the movie sound way to much like nathional treasure. Just keep it simple and follow the games already awesome story. There is a reason the games felt like you were playing a movie.
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3:20AM on 12/30/2010
I'm not sure if you guys read the article but apparently all the complaints we had with this movie (Casting Wahlberg, unfaithful plot, Lack of communication with the fans and game developers, etc.) have been addressed.

According to Russell now, the only things confirmed are that there WILL be an Uncharted film and it will be directed by Russell.

Maybe he's just lying to the developers for some reason or things have seriously changed on this project. If the first, then that sucks and he
I'm not sure if you guys read the article but apparently all the complaints we had with this movie (Casting Wahlberg, unfaithful plot, Lack of communication with the fans and game developers, etc.) have been addressed.

According to Russell now, the only things confirmed are that there WILL be an Uncharted film and it will be directed by Russell.

Maybe he's just lying to the developers for some reason or things have seriously changed on this project. If the first, then that sucks and he really is a huge dick. If the second, we may just be able to get a good Uncharted movie because clearly the studio is having second thoughts about the decisions made so far.

Maybe fanboy bitching and moaning is actually working and all I can say is keep on bitching guys. This may be the first film that fanboys complain into being made properly.

With all that said, this project has officially moved from "Probable Clusterfuck" to "Not enough information to form an opinion yet".
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6:02AM on 12/30/2010
Mr Gary, you mostly write with your head , not with your heart. definitely not a bad thing. Whenever you post I read it coz I think your views on movie subjects are worth my time to read. I'll be honest I'm not a fan boy of this game... Hell I have only played a demo of it. Lol. But from what I've played and read and listened to I have a general understanding of this film and Yes I did read the article and understood it. I was up on my soap box earlier making a point not just about this movie
Mr Gary, you mostly write with your head , not with your heart. definitely not a bad thing. Whenever you post I read it coz I think your views on movie subjects are worth my time to read. I'll be honest I'm not a fan boy of this game... Hell I have only played a demo of it. Lol. But from what I've played and read and listened to I have a general understanding of this film and Yes I did read the article and understood it. I was up on my soap box earlier making a point not just about this movie but all movies. Hollywood has become a (to use your term) a clusterfuck of disorganized imbeciles. Not all of them but most. And yes you are right Maybe if we bitch on these movie forums we may get through to them... Eventually. Keep up the great posts and you'll get my thumbs up. Happy new year.
12:58PM on 01/08/2011
I was going to say something similar, dude your posts are always eloquen and you make good points, I also read them all the time, kudos good sir!
I was going to say something similar, dude your posts are always eloquen and you make good points, I also read them all the time, kudos good sir!
3:13AM on 12/30/2010

"HEY HOLLYWOOD... YES YOU"

Back again... When this movie fails.... and it will. Don't come crying to the fans and say that you fucked up because you didn't listen to us and then try and redeem yourselves by giving us another shitty sequel. Pretty much everyone wants Mr Fillion to fill Drakes shoes and pretty much everyone want the GAME story (thats kinda why the games sooo fucking successful and loved), so do yourselves a GREAT BIG favor and listen to the ones who line your pockets with green.
Back again... When this movie fails.... and it will. Don't come crying to the fans and say that you fucked up because you didn't listen to us and then try and redeem yourselves by giving us another shitty sequel. Pretty much everyone wants Mr Fillion to fill Drakes shoes and pretty much everyone want the GAME story (thats kinda why the games sooo fucking successful and loved), so do yourselves a GREAT BIG favor and listen to the ones who line your pockets with green.
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2:54AM on 12/30/2010
Nathan Fillion as Drake + Uncharted game story + Listen to the Fans = Happy Fans/Hollywood Block buster/Successful sequels and drinks all round. Jesus Christ almighty is it that fucking hard to learn from your mistakes Hollywood. Give the fans what we want.... A fucking great Uncharted movie.... SHEEESH.
Nathan Fillion as Drake + Uncharted game story + Listen to the Fans = Happy Fans/Hollywood Block buster/Successful sequels and drinks all round. Jesus Christ almighty is it that fucking hard to learn from your mistakes Hollywood. Give the fans what we want.... A fucking great Uncharted movie.... SHEEESH.
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1:03AM on 12/30/2010
This movie is going to fail miserably because it's abandoning the source material and focusing on aspects of the game that were too minor for a mainstream movie. Not so much because of Nathan Fillion. Listen guys.. I wanted him as much as everyone else did, he's literally Nathan Drake.. but no major studio would set a franchise like this up for him.. it was all just a wet dream.

The game itself PLAYS like a fucking movie... how hard would that be to translate to film? They literally took
This movie is going to fail miserably because it's abandoning the source material and focusing on aspects of the game that were too minor for a mainstream movie. Not so much because of Nathan Fillion. Listen guys.. I wanted him as much as everyone else did, he's literally Nathan Drake.. but no major studio would set a franchise like this up for him.. it was all just a wet dream.

The game itself PLAYS like a fucking movie... how hard would that be to translate to film? They literally took 300 and Sin City page by page so why cant you take Uncharted scene by scene?? It's practically shot for you already.
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12:32AM on 12/30/2010

sounds like...

shit, mark whalberg is going to talk to plants and animals to get treasure? start from scratch, and the fanboy for fillion was right.
shit, mark whalberg is going to talk to plants and animals to get treasure? start from scratch, and the fanboy for fillion was right.
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3:23AM on 12/30/2010
According to THIS article, Wahlberg is no longer confirmed as Drake. They are apparently doing as you asked and starting from scratch.
According to THIS article, Wahlberg is no longer confirmed as Drake. They are apparently doing as you asked and starting from scratch.
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