Nathan Drake's family in the Uncharted movie are "like the Sopranos". Funny, how?

Y’know, it’s weird. Just this morning, we were discussing how much we’d love to see the upcoming Uncharted movie be more like the Sopranos over our morning Scotches. Praise be, then, that David O. Russell is seemingly about to make our prayers come true, if his latest quotes are anything to go by.

Speaking to IGN, the director admitted he would be using a similar family dynamic as he had in The Fighter (his recent Oscar-nominated boxing flick) for Drake’s film. “If we take that family dynamic that we have in The Fighter, and put that in terms of a grander stage, with a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities,"  he said.

Above: Exactly like this... but stealing artefacts... while shooting men in the face

Okkkaaaayyyy. We’ll hold on passing judgement just yet, because there’s a whole lot of fresh madness still to be spouted from O. Russell’s mouth. The director continued: "They're like the Sopranos in some ways, but they have great taste, and they have a sense of justice." Uh huh. So does this mean we’ll be performing drive-bys with Nate and his pop in the streets of Nepal?

Above: Hopefully the Uncharted film won't fade out to a black screen half way through the last scene

Davey Boy wasn’t done, though. And he even gave further bizarre reasons why he wanted to make the Uncharted movie. "… because it's centred around a family, and I like the combination of criminals and truth. These guys, they're tough but they're working on this crazy case, and they can't do it without truth. I think that's cool" he said. Hmmm, strange. He must be referring to the little known Uncharted 2.5: Drake’s Suburban Bliss.

O. Russell did at least concede he is concerned about what gamers think about his upcoming picture, saying: "I want the gamers to be happy. I have total respect for the game. My kid loves playing it, I love playing it. I just want to create a world that takes it to another level, that's another amazing world that's more cinematic.”

In case you forgot, Nate will be played by Mark Wahlberg, while Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are set to play his dad and uncle.

Above: Hollywood casting is always on the money when it comes to video game adaptations

Playing devil’s advocate for a second, we actually really enjoyed The Fighter. Although a gritty, downbeat character study is hardly evidence that O. Russell will be able to turn Drake's silver screen outing into the light-hearted Indy-esque adventure most of us are hoping for.

Source: Eurogamer via IGN

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  • ventanger - February 11, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    This movie is in the hands of really, really stupid people.
  • JamesT - February 11, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    to people complaining about the coverage: I think GR is covering it not because they ever thought it would be good, or even that they're particularly outraged, but just because this whole thing is so bizarre. Marky Mark? Robert De Niro? An Uncharted Movie focused on the family? No matter if you're excited for it or are waiting for it to pass into obscurity, I imagine the things coming out of Russel's mouth are pretty funny to Uncharted fans.
  • ZsasZ - February 11, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    I'm just waiting for the news that the DVD release wil only work on PS3. Seriously though, I'm just pleased the game is out this year. I can't stand the thought of finishing 2011 with a tainted view of my favourite franchise. And I will be seeing this. I'm a sucker for car-crash cinema. You'd of thought I'd of learnt my lesson after the PofP film.
  • grayguwapo - February 11, 2011 2:56 a.m.

    Did O. Russel really play Uncharted? I don't think so because it seems like he doesn't know what the f*ck he's talking about! I'd hate for this film adaptation go down the drain but unless he gets his act together and really get into how the game really is, it's going to fail... I don't really have anything against the casting... fine, Mark Wahlberg may not be the best to fit Nate, there's nothing that can be done and it's not like he's a totally bad actor... but the director can make it happen as long as he sticks to the right formula... Make it right Russel! MAKE IT RIGHT!!!
  • manicania - February 11, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    Oh man, I'm so excited for this movie. (I'm crying inside) Sarcasm...if only it weren't.
  • EngieIndeed - February 11, 2011 12:22 a.m.

    Not judging until the trailer comes out. Strangely, the "family mechanic" plus treasure hunting sounds a lot like National Treasure 2 to me.
  • NightCrawler_358 - February 11, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    Movie adapions suck 90% of the time. Companies should just make ANIMATED movies themselves, that way they'd actually be good and please fans. Heres looking at you DC.
  • DontMessWithMeImRunningOutOfPlacesToHideTheBodies - February 10, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    How about this make this movie and don't call it Uncharted, then make the real Uncharted with the revenue this movie makes. I personally like the sound of the pitch as long as it's not Uncharted.
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 10, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    I'd call the fan reaction a bit overblown if it weren't for the fact that he says the Uncharted story has been about Nate's family. Not even that I'm that against the idea of a film exploring a treasure hunting family -- as long as it's done right, it could be a cool angle -- it's just that he so obviously has never even touched the games, because aside from Sir Francis Drake being his ancestor, Nate's family has not been in the Uncharted story AT ALL.
  • celticsfan645 - February 10, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    db1331 Hey I thought Star Wars Ep 1 was ok. 2 was terrible, but three kicked it up a notch. And the new IJ was not as good, but it was not nearly bad enough to ruin the series for me.
  • Grif - February 10, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    This movie died when Nathan Fillion didn't get the role.
  • Lionzest7 - February 10, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Likely this movie will blow, maybe as much as Max Payne. Also lol @ the casting, think if you just took the cutscenes from Uncharted 1 it still would be a better movie than this.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - February 10, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    Let's just forget about it. We all know it will be pap. I hope I'm proven wrong.
  • TheDude97 - February 10, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    Ok, can everyone just calm the fuck down. Also some of you need to watch a fucking movie. O'Russell is a great, great (OSCAR NOMINATED), director with a lot of passion for his work who knows what he's doing. And The Fighter (a BEST PICTURE, let me say again BEST PICTURE nominee) was a fantastic movie, and that "family dynamic" everyone's bitching about was done magically in that film, so I'd be up for it. And yes he deserved that nomination, Nolan was certainly snubbed, but no, Danny Boyle was not (though he is a great director, 127 Hours, which was great too, was Franco's film, there was only so much Boyle could do. That and he just won). If anything the Coens shouldn't have been nominated, while they're awesome and I love them (look at my avatar!), but they did nothing really exciting directing wise And back off Wahlberg too, he hasn't rapped in 15 years, and put The Happening and Max Payne into a little box for a second, he's a very good actor with a stellar filmography; The Departed, The Fighter, Three Kings, Four Brothers (total guilty pleasure) and Boogie Nights, and in all of those films I have listed, he's been great in all of them. Also, remember when they said Heath Ledger would be a horrible Joker? Or when people bitched about Leo DiCaprio being in a Scorsese film? (I'm talking about Gangs of New York, their 1st film together, if you aren't completely retarded) Or Christian Bale as Batman? Or Daniel Craig as James Bond? The list goes on and on, and also, this is just director talk. We haven't seen a poster, pictures, trailers, anything at all, hell the script isn't even finished. Also, as awesome as Uncharted is, its problem is that it is so derivative of other adventure films, and plunders Indiana Jones, that if a 100% faithful version were released, it'd just be a knock-off.
  • LastPariah - February 10, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    Bullshit he played the game. "It's centered around a a family." Are you fucking kidding me? I want just one great video game movie, this could've been it. What a shame.
  • batmanboy11 - February 10, 2011 7:37 p.m.

  • GorditaSlim - February 10, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    I love that Photoshopped image so much.
  • BigWillis - February 10, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    I don't care anymore. If all you can do is adapt and ruin shit just to make money from a brand then you look like an ass with no credibility. What happened to original film making? Comics and video games are strong enough forms of media without needing adaptions in to forgettable films.
  • kingsmikefan - February 10, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    Oh God, stop bitching about not casting Nathan Fillion. I love him, too, but there's nothing you can do. Also, in case you haven't noticed, Mark Wahlberg hasn't been rapping for 14 years and is a great actor. So shut up. I don't know why you expected this to be good, or why you fans wanted it to be made into a movie at all: its a game based off of movies, dipshits.
  • thevenomous1 - February 10, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    So wait they want Indiana Jones mixed with Goodfellas?? They need to scrap this shit now before it gets off the ground.Dinero and Pesci probably thought the script was for another Departed. Knowing me though if it comes Ill still see it, on bootleg not in the theater just like Max Payne which was a total middle finger to the fan base BTW.

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