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A few weeks ago, fans rejoiced as David O. Russell and all his wildly off-base story ideas walked away from the big screen adaptation of Uncharted, the popular video game about to get its third installment. Soon after, The Illusionist director Neil Burger signed on to replace Russell, hot off the mild success of Limitless, starring DeNiro and Bradley Cooper.
In doing press for the Limitless DVD release, Burger made it known that he is starting from scratch with the script and won’t be using any of the “family of treasure hunters” crap that David O. Russell legitimately made up. To WeGotThisCovered:
We’re re-writing the script from scratch, and I’m just jumping into that literally right now, about to close the deal and leap off. Until the screenplay is written you never know who’s going to be acting in it or not. But there are a lot of good actors out there who even look like Nathan Drake and who could do it.
If you connect the dots, it’s pretty easy to tell that the front runner for the Nathan Drake role will be Bradley Cooper, which I’m mostly OK with. He’s certainly sarcastic enough, he’s in shape, but what is Bradley Cooper without his flowing locks? With a Drake buzz he’ll just look like his character in Wedding Crashers. Of course, Burger doesn’t necessarily need to work with an actor he’s used before, but that relationship is always nice to have going in to a film. (Cue thousands of Nathan Fillion fans chanting his name.)
What is good to hear is that Burger realizes that the game works on its own story and doesn’t really need embellishing. It’s cinematic already, and according to him it’s just a matter of making things in the game work on film. More on this as casting gets going.