Some of you may or may not know that the Uncharted film is a real thing in the early developmental stages. It was going to be written and directed by David O. Russell, who did Three Kings and the more recent film The Fighter. His adaptation and vision for the Uncharted film had zero similarity to the games; it would have been an unmitigated disaster for fans of the game, but perhaps not for fans of film.
Fortunately, towards the end of May this year, O Russell’s vision of an Uncharted film that follows the exploits of “a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities”, was squashed. So no Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake and Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci in supporting roles then – as a fan of the games, my response to that was: thank God. Film buffs can cry me a river; while this might have been a good film, it sure as hell was never going to be an Uncharted film.
Citing “creative differences” O. Russell left the project. Sony’s Columbia Pictures film studio immediately began looking for a new writer. Enter Neil Burger, writer and director of films like Limitless and The Illusionist. He’s been picked by the producers of the Uncharted film because his take on Nathan Drake and the gaming franchise “sparked” with all four of them. We’re pretty sure any take on the Uncharted franchise would have sparked after O. Russell’s “vision”.