Mark Wahlberg Reteaming with David O. Russell for 'Uncharted'
Though he may not be lined up to star in the impending remake of The Crow any longer, it looks like Mark Wahlberg will be the hero of another proposed franchise coming from a video game adaptation. We already know that David O. Russell is writing and directing the video game adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for Columbia Pictures, so it's not entirely surprising that Wahlberg recently revealed to MTV that he'll be re-teaming with Russell for a fourth time and leading the adaptation as Nathan Drake. In addition, the actor also adds some weight to some wild casting rumors of a couple interesting actors coming aboard the project as well.
As for the confirmation itself, here's what Wahlberg said,"David is one of the best writer/directors I've ever worked with. The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we'll be making that movie this summer." Previously Russell and Wahlberg collaborated on Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and most recently The Fighter, but this will likely be the biggest film they've ever done together. As far as the wild rumors that have been circulating online about Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci being sought for a couple roles, well apparently that's true. Wahlberg says:
"That's who he wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David's people have talked to [Robert De Niro]. I'm obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It's not going to be the watered-down version, that's for sure."
I'm not sure why having De Niro and Pesci in the film would mean that this isn't going to be a "watered-down version" of the story unless he's referring to all the violence and cursing they've done in their past movies. In addition, the movie seems to be exploring, shall we say, uncharted areas of the game's backstory since none of Nathan Drake's family members ever make an appearance in the video game franchise. Getting De Niro aboard something like this doesn't seem to hard, but Pesci is probably the harder one to be sold on it. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that a video game adaptation from David O. Russell is already sounding a little off-the-wall. As for Wahlberg's casting, well, our apologies go out to Nathan Fillion. Thoughts?