Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Won't Use David O. Russell's Script, Wahlberg Expected To Drop Out

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-05-27 21:32:58discussion comments
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It came as a surprise to few - and was a joy to many - when it was announced yesterday that David O. Russell would no longer be directing the videogame adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. But what exactly happened? The report from yesterday said that Russell's departure was over creative differences, but what exactly did he and the studio not see eye-to-eye on? Apparently The Los Angeles Times has found out.

According to the paper, it was the direction and scope of the story that Sony didn't like. Before he left, Russell had actually turned in a completed draft of the script that was "so long and so ambitious" that the studio began having second thoughts about moving forward (the story also introduced characters never seen in the video game series.) What will also make fans happy is that Mark Wahlberg - who has been attached to the project almost as long as Russell was - is expected to drop out as well, opening the door for Nathan Fillion, who is by far the fan favorite for the role. As for the script, the studio will obviously not using Russell's and will instead use an earlier draft written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, the upcoming Conan the Barbarian) as a base.

While I agree with pretty much everyone that this is for the best, I'm not entirely sure how this project got as far as it did. Hell, the guy wrote an entire draft (Russell is known as a very deliberate writer and filmmaker) and has been talking about the family plot since last year. Now I guess all that's left to do is to petition Sony to get Nathan Fillion to play Nathan Drake.
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