Is David O. Russell Backing Down On The Uncharted Family Plot?
For the same reason I don't even look at the articles in the excellent games section of Cinema Blend, video game writers probably shouldn't be writing about movie news, because neither of us seem to have any clue what actually goes on on the other side. Case in point an article at the games blog Joystiq, in which they talked to the director of the Uncharted 3 Justin Richmond and came away hearing that there was absolutely no confirmation Mark Wahlberg would be playing the role, and the whole story was just "Hollywood scuttlebutt."
Never mind the fact that Wahlberg has been talking openly about taking the role while doing interviews for The Fighter, or that Russell himself has talked a lot about how much he wants Wahlberg for the part. Putting that aside, the Joystiq guys may have come upon some truly interesting information, with Richmond telling them that Russell himself phoned in to say the rumor of an added family storyline, featuring Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro, was totally false:
"He actually called us up and was like, 'I don't know what these guys are talking about.'"
The thing about that, though is that Russell talked to the LA Times earlier this month and talked specifically about the idea "that there's a family that's a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities." So what exactly was he referring to when he made this phone call? Or was he just reassuring Richmond while continuing to go along with whatever weird thing he wants to do?
I have no dog in this fight-- remember, I know nothing whatsoever about video games-- but it does sound like Russell is taking the Uncharted story a fair distance from its game origins, and that the move might not sit well with the video game faithful. I'm more protesting the continued acceptance of Mark Wahlberg as an action hero, but I'll save that for another post.
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