David O. Russell Is Making Uncharted The Movie, Not Uncharted The Game

By Will LeBlanc 2011-02-21 12:50:27discussion comments
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Game fans the world over have been up in arms about the way the adaptation of Sonyís popular video game franchise Uncharted is being handled. Throwing director David O. Russel into the mix put a bad taste in peoplesí 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 Russelís side, which will quickly deplete his built-in audience.

But thatís 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 hereís a brief snippet from Russell:
As far as Iím concerned, Iím very respectful as far as the core content and spirit of the game, but beyond that itís 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. Thereís 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 itís 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 itís going to be real, itís going to be raw, itís going to be intense, itís going to be original, and itís 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. Thereís 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 donít even know how far heís veered from the story if at all since the script has yet to be completed. Itís 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 letís 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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