Game fans the world over have been up in arms about the way the adaptation of Sony’s popular video game franchise Uncharted is being handled. Throwing director David O. Russel into the mix put a bad taste in peoples’ mouths, and then recently he added Mark Wahlberg to the lead role, a role practically built for Nathan Fillion. There are not many fans in the know who are on Russel’s side, which will quickly deplete his built-in audience.

But that’s not going to stop David O. Russell from making the movie that he wants to make, and as much as that will hurt fans that are just hoping for some Indiana Jones style adventure, you have to give the guy some credit for sticking to his guns amidst one of the heaviest outpourings of nerd rage in recent history. /Film got the chance to speak with the director about the events surrounding the film and here’s a brief snippet from Russell:
As far as I’m concerned, I’m very respectful as far as the core content and spirit of the game, but beyond that it’s my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie. People have to trust that and let that go, I think. There’s not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies, that stand up to time as a franchise or as [individual films]. I personally think it’s really cool when you see that someone like Darren Aronofsky is going to make an X-Men movie or to get someone such as myself to make this picture. You can be guaranteed that it’s going to be real, it’s going to be raw, it’s going to be intense, it’s going to be original, and it’s going to be propulsive. And those are all the things that I want when I go to watch a movie like that.

As a game fan myself, it would be nice to see a live-action retelling of the story from the first game. There’s plenty of story depth and action to propel the film to success and sticking to that would certainly get fans in the seats. Of course, for now we don’t even know how far he’s veered from the story if at all since the script has yet to be completed. It’s easy to be mad at Russell and at Sony early on for not casting Fillion and openly stating that there will be additions to the story, but for now let’s take a break and let the film take a bit more shape before we crucify it for not being what we fans think it should be.

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