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The Uncharted movie may have a director. Could it be David O. Russell?

May. 4, 2010by: Dave Davis

My appreciation for the PS3 videogame UNCHARTED was somehow eclipsed by its sequel, which proved to be an even more polished and cinematic experience. And perfect material for a movie adaptation, as Sony also believes.

According to the LA Times, Sony also thinks that nefarious director David O. Russell (THREE KINGS, I ♥ HUCKABEES) is the right guy for the job. Or is at least someone they're seriously considering -- Russell is on a short list of wanted men being courted for the job.

Russell recently finished the Beantown boxing drama THE FIGHTER, and has been linked to an adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, starring Natalie Portman. He'd be the latest non-traditional choice to direct a big action tentpole movie (Bill Condon - TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN; Rob Marshall - PIRATES 4; Kenneth Branagh - THOR; Marc Webb - SPIDER-MAN reboot).

The first game's story revolves around Fillion-esque fortune hunter Nathan Drake, who follows the clues of his (believed) distant relative Sir Francis Drake on a quest for El Dorado, the legendary city of gold. Along the way, he and his comrades (accidental or otherwise) encounter pirates, mercenaries, ancient relics and strange creatures.

The script, which presumably uses the first game as a template, comes from Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (CONAN, COWBOYS & ALIENS) and reportedly thrilled the studio enough to get the movie into the production pipe ASAP.

For those unfamiliar with the property, a sample from the game sequel:

Extra Tidbit: The actor who did the mocap and voice work for UNCHARTED 2's villain was Graham McTavish, probably better known as the big bald Scottish mercenary in RAMBO.
Source: LA Times

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7:31PM on 05/06/2010
double double double.
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7:28PM on 05/06/2010
Nathan Fillion and Kristen Bell for the two leads. If they cast the other girl (Chloe I think her name was), I'd go with Sofia Vergara.

This is based totally on the looks of the characters though, other than Fillion who I think is brilliant.
Nathan Fillion and Kristen Bell for the two leads. If they cast the other girl (Chloe I think her name was), I'd go with Sofia Vergara.

This is based totally on the looks of the characters though, other than Fillion who I think is brilliant.
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9:34PM on 05/06/2010
no way!! LoL

Olga Kurylenko is Chloe!! Based on looks alone, she is the best candidate. I mean, just look at her! She looks like she could've been the inspiration for the character!
no way!! LoL

Olga Kurylenko is Chloe!! Based on looks alone, she is the best candidate. I mean, just look at her! She looks like she could've been the inspiration for the character!
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7:02PM on 05/05/2010

Collin Farrel

He deserves to star in at least one good action movie. He'd be great with the action and delivering the one liners but please, please let him play the character with his own accent.
I've played the games and the fact that Drake is american is never relevant so there's no reason why he couldn't be irish in the movie.
He deserves to star in at least one good action movie. He'd be great with the action and delivering the one liners but please, please let him play the character with his own accent.
I've played the games and the fact that Drake is american is never relevant so there's no reason why he couldn't be irish in the movie.
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10:08AM on 05/05/2010

CASTING

I'm an avid Uncharted fan. They some of the best games you can get on any console for all the right reasons.

Now, its unfortunate that David Duchovny is a tad too old to be Drake. Anyone who knows Nathan Drake's personality and who has seen Californication knows that David Duchovny was born for this role.

But I think Joe Flanigan LOOKS like Drake, but I havent seen Stargate before so I have no clue how good his acting is
I'm an avid Uncharted fan. They some of the best games you can get on any console for all the right reasons.

Now, its unfortunate that David Duchovny is a tad too old to be Drake. Anyone who knows Nathan Drake's personality and who has seen Californication knows that David Duchovny was born for this role.

But I think Joe Flanigan LOOKS like Drake, but I havent seen Stargate before so I have no clue how good his acting is
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9:36AM on 05/05/2010

Joe Flanigan

This could be a good flick if it follows the game. When I play Uncharted I honestly picture Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard on Stargate:Atlantis) as Drake. He'd be perfect for the role.
This could be a good flick if it follows the game. When I play Uncharted I honestly picture Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard on Stargate:Atlantis) as Drake. He'd be perfect for the role.
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9:15AM on 05/05/2010
Nathan Fillion for Drake and Emily Rose for Elena. She voiced the character and looks EXACTLY like her. And she's gorgeous. Don't believe me? See for yourself:

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Nathan Fillion for Drake and Emily Rose for Elena. She voiced the character and looks EXACTLY like her. And she's gorgeous. Don't believe me? See for yourself:

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8:19AM on 05/05/2010

Joe Flanigan is the only guy for this role.

Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis) is Nathan Drake. Don't believe me look over here.
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Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis) is Nathan Drake. Don't believe me look over here.
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8:00AM on 05/05/2010

Nolan North

Nolan North, if you don't know is his voice, and also who did all the mocap work for Drake, I'd really like them to break the norm and actually cast the voice actor as the star of the movie. Yes fillin would be a great choice too but its just hard to see anyone other then north in this role to me as a gamer.

Below is his wiki page

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Edit: Not sure why this is posting twice in one post
Nolan North, if you don't know is his voice, and also who did all the mocap work for Drake, I'd really like them to break the norm and actually cast the voice actor as the star of the movie. Yes fillin would be a great choice too but its just hard to see anyone other then north in this role to me as a gamer.

Below is his wiki page

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Edit: Not sure why this is posting twice in one post
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7:18AM on 05/05/2010

Psych!

It would be a crying shame if James Roday didnt get the role. He fits the bill perfectly, the look, the voice and the comic timing.
It would be a crying shame if James Roday didnt get the role. He fits the bill perfectly, the look, the voice and the comic timing.
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3:31AM on 05/05/2010

Cast this

Love these games especially the 2nd. The only actor I can see playing this is Nathon Fillion. Surround him with a great villian actor like Mark Strong and a top comedic hottie like Emma Stone then you got my vote
Love these games especially the 2nd. The only actor I can see playing this is Nathon Fillion. Surround him with a great villian actor like Mark Strong and a top comedic hottie like Emma Stone then you got my vote
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2:07AM on 05/05/2010
Double Post my bad
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2:07AM on 05/05/2010

Terminal_83

It is because of both games are like movies that this will translate into good movies. These are the kind of video games that should be made into movies. If a story isn't strong enough in a video game to be made into a movie, then don't make the movie. But that isnt the case with UNCHARTED.

Jeremy Renner for Drake.
It is because of both games are like movies that this will translate into good movies. These are the kind of video games that should be made into movies. If a story isn't strong enough in a video game to be made into a movie, then don't make the movie. But that isnt the case with UNCHARTED.

Jeremy Renner for Drake.
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2:04AM on 05/05/2010

Terminal_83

It is because of both games are like movies that this will translate into good movies. These are the kind of video games that should be made into movies. If a story isn't strong enough in a video game to be made into a movie, then don't make the movie. But that isnt the case with UNCHARTED.

Jeremy Renner for Drake.
It is because of both games are like movies that this will translate into good movies. These are the kind of video games that should be made into movies. If a story isn't strong enough in a video game to be made into a movie, then don't make the movie. But that isnt the case with UNCHARTED.

Jeremy Renner for Drake.
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1:18AM on 05/05/2010
Since both games are basically like movies, what is the point of making it in to a movie beyond cash? There has yet to be an actually good movie from a video game and this won't be different.
Since both games are basically like movies, what is the point of making it in to a movie beyond cash? There has yet to be an actually good movie from a video game and this won't be different.
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1:04AM on 05/05/2010
Shit yes. This will be amazing. Well if it's anything like the game it will be.
Shit yes. This will be amazing. Well if it's anything like the game it will be.
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12:03AM on 05/05/2010

FILLION OR BOREANAZ

If Russell is the director this increases the chances of Wahlberg's involvement, but he does NOT have the right acting chops or personality of Nathan Drake. Get Nathon Fillion or David Boreanaz. Let's get some freshness into the action star pool!
If Russell is the director this increases the chances of Wahlberg's involvement, but he does NOT have the right acting chops or personality of Nathan Drake. Get Nathon Fillion or David Boreanaz. Let's get some freshness into the action star pool!
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11:51PM on 05/04/2010

My pick for Drake;

I know everyone is pining for Fillion, but I can honestly see Josh Jackson in this role.
I know everyone is pining for Fillion, but I can honestly see Josh Jackson in this role.
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11:46PM on 05/04/2010

Fillion-esque haha. Awesome.

Fillion is THE man for the job.
Fillion is THE man for the job.
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11:37PM on 05/04/2010

i say...

Mark Wahlberg as Drake
Mark Wahlberg as Drake
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11:36PM on 05/04/2010
Odd choice, which is why I like it!!!
Odd choice, which is why I like it!!!
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11:30PM on 05/04/2010

Please.....

Can we please just stop with these video game adaptions
Can we please just stop with these video game adaptions
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11:22PM on 05/04/2010
I just wish more people would play the games. Uncharted 2 has a sublime movie like experience that is entirely unique. they integrate character development and story seamlessly into gameplay making it one hell of a unique experience. i dont know if people are ready for what is essentially a modern day indiana jones but we'll see.
I just wish more people would play the games. Uncharted 2 has a sublime movie like experience that is entirely unique. they integrate character development and story seamlessly into gameplay making it one hell of a unique experience. i dont know if people are ready for what is essentially a modern day indiana jones but we'll see.
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11:08PM on 05/04/2010
I Heart Huckabees was a great movie. Despite what happened on set with Tomlin and Russell. This could be interesting I guess. Hopefully, it has an interesting cast like all of his previous movies.
I Heart Huckabees was a great movie. Despite what happened on set with Tomlin and Russell. This could be interesting I guess. Hopefully, it has an interesting cast like all of his previous movies.
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