David O. Russell Will Write And Direct Uncharted Film
We keep thinking this film has potential. ...we better not be deluding ourselves.
It's still one of the very best PlayStation 3 games available, so Hollywood had better not put a big ol' black mark on Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. But at the very least, it seems they might have the right talent in line: according to The Hollywood Reporter, David O. Russell has signed on to spearhead the project. He'll be writing and directing the adaptation for the award-winning 2007 PS3 game; he has decided to return after leaving "Uncharted" on the shelf to pursue an adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Russell has a reputation for somewhat kooky indie films, like "Spanking the Monkey" and "I Heart Huckabees," but according to the source, it seems he wants to move towards bigger, mainstream productions. A boxing drama he just finished, "The Fighter," comes out in December.
Uncharted really could make for a great movie. You've got the charismatic lead guy, the cute and personable reporter, and the sarcastic, cocky friend, all on a treasure-hunting adventure that turns into a desperate scramble for survival. ...doesn't get much better than that for the big screen. By the way, one of Columbia's presidents, Matt Tolmach, had this to say about Russell:
"David is a tremendous choice to take on this film. He's equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation."
Okey-doke. Just don't mess it up.
10/9/2010 10:49:05 AM Ben Dutka