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David O. Russell Writing/Directing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

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October 8, 2010

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Ah, so this explains everything! Sony has officially announced with a press release that David O. Russell, who was previously attached to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is set to write and direct an adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for Columbia Pictures. Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner are producing the live-action action-adventure film that follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. We've covered a few stories about this project before, namely that they were hiring writers to take a crack at adapting it, but it looks like Russell dropped everything to take this on full-time.

Columbia's President Matt Tolmach said: "David is a tremendous choice to take on this film. He's equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation." I really hope that's not all BS talk, as I want this to be good.

The action-filled story in the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (which now has a few sequels) follows a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he's learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. Oddly, Columbia's press release barely mentions a plot, so I think that Russell may blaze his own trail and come up with his own Indiana Jones-like historic adventure story for the film. Russell has been jumping all over the map since leaving that Nailed project behind, I just hope he can handle big action-adventure. Thoughts?

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  • beavis
    i really enjoyed the stories of both UC games............hopefully the movie (or movies?) are as good.
  • Rooney
    Good news, no the hunt for Nathan Drake is on! Get Jensen Ackles! he can die his hair black and wallah!
  • Eli
    This is the absolute best news anyone could ever ask for. Both Games were great. I already have a list of potentials for the leads. They're in my head but I can only remember their faces. The guy from bones, or Pam from the office as elana to name the early picks. Just get this right PLEASE!!! This was the first real game I played for ps3 and it totally blew me away. I cannot afford heartbreak. The guy from Civic Duty would be a great villian if he could act and put on a little mustache.
  • LINKFX
    What is with these auteur directors getting offered these standard fare market drivel? This is the most random pairing of director to material i've ever seen.
  • LINKFX
    And nathan fillion for the lead. Haha
  • Gill
    As much as I love Nathan Fillion, I think he is a bit too old for Drake. I think Jensen Ackles of Supernatural would make an awesome Drake.
  • Eli
    Dude I forgot about Fillon, but I'm thinking of someone... Dave Boreanaz from bones. And Daschenel as Elana. I have to play through both of the games again. I can't wait for the inevitable number three.
  • Scotttt
    I love this game. PS3 > X360
  • jmack
    how about nolan north???!!!! the guy who voiced drake and appearance was based off of. sure hes mostly a voice actor but who better than the guy with the genuine voice!
  • L
    Sicne the games played out like movies, I hope they are coming up with a completely different story.
  • dre
    i think nolan north would be pwerfect. he has done some acting in a few TV shows but he would be perfect. jennifer aniston can play the blonde reporter chick.
  • Bogart
    "I just hope he can handle big action-adventure" - The Dude made Three Kings... Cracker can handle his gun-play on screen... and to top that, went and made I Heart Huckabees.... he's a legend.
  • George
    the games are great! Hope the movie will be awesome!
  • nelson
    Chris Pine for Drake!!! has the looks age charisma popularity from Star Trek perfect choice imo
  • Chris
    Anyone other than Emily Rose for Elena is an EPIC FAIL! She's an actor in the first place! The same goes for Nolan North as Drake. If these two aren't cast then I'm not gonna watch it.
  • IceFilm
    Agreed. Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake or fail.
  • nDoet
    How 'bout Josh Holloway. I think "Sawyer" would be a pretty good choice. He’s already spent plenty of time on Lost running through the jungle with a gun :D

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