Uncharted needs a new director (and star)
Yesterday, David O. Russell, director of Three Kings and last year’s well received The Fighter, has abandoned helming the Uncharted feature film. Though Russell is a talented director, I’m rather relieved he’s gone, as are most gamers. Rumor is that Russell left the project over creative differences, which shocks absolutely no gamer following the project. Quotes from Russell had shed light on his vision of Uncharted, which dealt with a powerful family that ruled the world of museums, dealing out justice and antiquities. In other words, a film that had a character named Nathan Drake (played by Mark Wahlberg, who is also leaving the project), but really nothing to do with the jungle adventures of the original Uncharted title.
Sony is still moving forward with the project, but they’re reverting back to an early, more Uncharted-esque script. However, without a lead and a director, the project is still in a dangerous place. Here’s hoping that the film bucks the video game movie trend and is an actual film worth watching. I have no doubt that Uncharted could be a great film, here’s hoping that Sony puts their top people on the project.