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Uncharted Movie Director: "We're Starting From Scratch"

Well, it seems the "Uncharted" film has a new director, and the fans might be very happy with the choice.

Neil Burger ("The Illusionist") has replaced David O. Russell and CRAVE talked to Burger about how he'll be approaching Naughty Dog's award-winning franchise. The first question they asked was whether or not the new director will be keeping Russell's work. The answer:

"No, I haven’t seen his screenplay on it. Mainly we’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame. Because there’s a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the videogame, if you know it..."

Yeah, we know it. We all know it. Burger goes on to say the game is "one of the most cinematic video games" with "really developed characters." He also compares "Uncharted" to the legendary "Indiana Jones" franchise, and that is an interesting response. And hey, you know how everyone was pushing for Nathan Fillion to land the role of Nathan Drake? Basically because he is Nathan Drake? Has Burger heard about it?

"I’ve seen a little bit of that, yes. That was brought to my attention. So, you know, I think he’s a good actor. I think there’s a lot of really good actors who don’t even look like [Nathan Drake] who could play it! Where we are right now is that we’re literally starting from scratch on the screenplay, and I think that once we finish it, then we’ll go to actors and see who’s available and who’s right for the parts. Whenever that happens."

Okay, so who thinks Burger is already a better pick than Russell?

Tags: uncharted movie, uncharted film, neil burger

7/18/2011 8:55:31 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (40 posts)

kevinater321
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 9:33:19 PM
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Soooo much better than the last guy. I really like his take on the video games. Non-gamers and just all around ignorant people always assume that video games don't have good stories or well developed characters, and i honestly feel sorry for them.

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FxTales
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 9:41:16 PM

I think the quote about referring to the actual game for material is a win so he's off to a good start.

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sunspider13
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 9:44:23 PM
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*Squeals like a schoolgirl*
Sorry, ahem...The Illusionist was a great flick and now I'm a little bit more optimistic about this movie. I wouldn't mind Nathan Fillion being Drake if his schedule permits. But I do have faith with this directors choice for Drake, whoever it is.

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SpikeSpiegel
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:27:05 PM

While I agree that this director may be better at picking the lead actor than David O. Russell, I can't help but hope that Nathan Fillion gets it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:02:55 PM
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This guy is already a pimp in my book just for saying that. Russel knew nothing of the game though he claimed to.

But I think it's a mistake to get an actor with a totally different look because it's part of his personality in a way.

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cLoudou
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:24:14 PM

What are you talking about, O'Russel was spot on. You don't remember Uncharted as a Crime family with a sense of Justice.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:59:40 PM

My bad, I must have gone to take a dump during that scene.

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bigrailer19
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:05:46 PM
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Excited again!

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SpikeSpiegel
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:18:47 PM
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It's a good thing he compared Uncharted to Indiana Jones and not to the Godfather. That right there is a sigh of relief. This movie may be years away, but I am officially pumped now.

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Lenoxseer
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:27:11 PM
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Nathan Fillion = Born to play this role

Thats why Russel isnt attached to it anymore. God got him off so a new director can come on and make Nathan Fillion happen. Its what GOD wants! lol

Last edited by Lenoxseer on 7/18/2011 10:27:55 PM

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Bloodysilence19
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:33:18 PM
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This is some good news for sure. Im still optimistic cause after all it is a movie based off a game, we all know how those usually turn out. I did like how he wants to try to make it as true as the UC is and he actually shows some hint that he knows what Uc is. Nathan fillion would be great but its not drake character im concerned about. Its Elena, Sully, and Chloe that has my concern cause not getting the right actors for those characters will screw the movie up.

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Pandacastro
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:34:51 PM
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They should get the voice actress for Elena and chloe to play the role since they already look like them and there also actors on tv.

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sirbob6
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:43:09 PM
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Yea!! No mafia story!

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:48:59 AM

Is it Yea, or No?
Make up your mind!!!
>.>

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:46:14 PM
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I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this project just picked up a lot more steam thanks to the change to Burger. He sounds like he's played the game, or at very least watched someone play through it. I mean he get's that it's a little bit like Indiana Jones, but without the whole Harrison Ford thing or the taking place around about the time of WWII angle. In other words it's adventure, mixed with a little mythical archeology, character and action, with an added twist of a damsel in distress and an old friend who needs a rescue. If you can't start with that concept and what was done with Uncharted 2 as well, and make a half decent attempt at a movie, then there is something wrong with you. Take note Mr Russell...

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tes37
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:09:46 PM
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I wasn't interested in the direction D. Russell was taking the story at all. I think there's hope for it now that the story in the game will likely be used for the movie.

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matt99
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 1:30:57 AM
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"Theres a lot of cool stuff...if you know it..." Way to knock your predecessor for not doing his research...I like this guy already.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 2:05:31 AM
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If I remember, Russel made the very same claims and we all saw the direction that he ended up wanting to take the film. However, with that abomination already done away with, I'll be watching this one like a hawk. I only wish that he wasn't thinking of adapting the game itself, but rather using the characters as a base and building a whole new story around them. Y'know, like The Fourth Labyrinth and Golden Abyss are doing.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:18:34 AM

yes, russel did make the exact same claims. i try not to pay much attention to lip service in situations like these. i need to see something more tangible. i've read on a couple of sites that limmitless star bradley cooper is a strong possibility for this film. i think he could pull it off.

i understand fans wanting the movie adapted directly, but i think that is a little too much to hope for. directors want to make the material their own. p w anderson has talked about this extinsively in the re directors commentary. his argument against a straight adaptation was that the public would already know the ending before the the movie was released, and there would be no surprises. it would be like going to see alien for the first time knowing the entire plot and that ripley and her cat would be the only survivors according to anderson. that's not a bad argument when you start to think about it.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:47:02 AM

It's not just the ending though, it's the whole experience. And when it comes to Uncharted, the experience is the whole thing. Considering it IS such a cinematic game, I think that a straight adaption is wrong on every level, but making it a new, core entry in the series could be fantastic. Imagine if it were to be Uncharted 4.

Wasn't Bradley Cooper in the A-Team? I'd personally love to see Alan Tudyk or Callum Blue in the role if Fillion isn't available. Both fantastically funny actors, and I feel that both of them could definitely pull off Drake.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 4:12:08 AM

i just don't see them casting fillion. they will want a bigger name. yes, cooper was in a-team.

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Fane1024
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 6:08:04 AM

Cooper is a good choice. Unlike Marky Mark, he shares many of Drake's qualities.

I still say Fillion is too old and pudgy (like myself) to free-climb cliff faces, even with the help of movie-magic. I disagree that they need a bigger star for Drake; Sully or the villain could also be the "draw".

Elena must be Emily Rose. ;D

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:11:14 AM
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Nathan Fillion or nothing. I'm sorry but I cannot see anyone else taking this role and if the film is made without him as Drake I will not watch it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:14:11 AM
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Stop video game cruelty, don't hire Mark Wahlberg.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:42:08 AM

Mark Wahlburg isn't the WORST choice, you can do worse. I just don't think his personality merges well with Nathan Drakes. Too serious and dramatic, or straight out action-oriented.

Marky Mark isn't the first I'd choose though. I'd go either Fillion or Bradley Cooper before I'd go Wahlburg. Those 2 guys can cover the playful fun yet action-focused suave smug charm of Nathan Drake better than Wahlburg.

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Fane1024
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 6:12:23 AM

Wahlberg can act. He acted like a singer/rapper for years. *rimshot*

He's just terribly wrong for Drake.

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___________
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:29:39 AM
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puts head between legs and kisses a$$ goodbye!
sorry, but i cant see this turning out anything less then DOOM!
hollywood + famous game series = disaster!
if theres one rule thats been proven more then movie video games suck, its video game movies suck!

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:48:17 AM

You talk sense. Well, except the fact that this HAS to be at least a smidgeon better than DOOM. Or is that just exceedingly wishful thinking?

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___________
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 9:11:49 AM

probably, but better then doom is not exactly a compliment.
theres some things that should never be turned into movies, video games are one of them!
unless its ME, tis one of the series i think could make a fantastic movie if done well.
or maybe bioshock.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:38:50 AM
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Getting Burger in and dropping O'Russell was a stroke of freaking genius!!!

The fact that Burger acknowledges Nathan Fillion AND is turning to the game for inspiration is a BIG plus in my books.

I'm actually excited for this movie again!!!!! Even if Fillion doesn't get the role, I trust Burger will get someone more than capable to fulfill the role.

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Skatejimmy5
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 8:47:47 AM
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Yes! Thank you, Neil Burger!

I know he hasn't confirmed anything, but just to know that he might be considering Fillion is a blessing to me. Wahlberg would never have pulled it off right. It's either Nathan Fillion or Joe Flanigan, I don't think many other actors would be able to play Drake.

Also, I hope Emily Rose who does Elena in the game, will also play her in the movie. I doubt it, but she's so perfect. ;)

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 10:42:43 AM
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To be honest, Fillion is about the only actor out there I might accept for the role of Drake.

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Zen_Zarab
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 12:29:51 PM
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"I think there’s a lot of really good actors who don’t even look like [Nathan Drake] who could play it!"

Is he talking about Bradly Cooper? xD

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 2:20:47 PM

I hope Brad is knockin boots with Jennifer Aniston, somebody's gotta tap that.

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saintaqua
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 12:27:36 PM
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I am so thankful.
I would have preferred no movie at all rather than the garbage Mr. Russel was going to do.

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theReigen
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 2:31:23 PM
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something ive noticed from videogame dewelopers and especialy the film producers
they make a movie based of a game or a game based of a movie, but aperently no 1 plays the game or watches the movie before making the adopted game or movie
like in the most recent adoptation
prince of persia sands of time
no one, not ewen a single guy that was intervievd played or in some cases ewen looked up to anything related to the franchise
so if this Neil Burger guy is gona be leading on the production of the movie, he better play all the uncharted games, including the ones in dewelopment
and then play them again until he gets a fu**ing platinum

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ChloeAngelCat
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 2:36:04 PM
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Been playing uncharted and knew about the uncharted movie last year and then we hear the first director stepping down and now we have director who know that Uncharted is almost like Indiana Jones and good the new director right 'Uncharted is cinematic game
as long Nathan Fillion is Drake it be worth to watch

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Warrior Poet
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 2:54:59 PM
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What? Sly Cooper is the only one who could ever play Drake properly.

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Roneel
Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 7:17:23 AM
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Instant win so far, major step up lol

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MarkyMark3
Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 10:13:16 PM
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Neil Burger? Nice.

Wasn't he behind Limtiless(2011)? Yes.

Starring Bradely Cooper? Yes.

Bradley Cooper; perfect role for Nathan Drake. In terms of look, personality, and overall style. YES!


Cooper for Uncharted's Nate Drake. (y)

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