Whether it's movies or games, your franchise usually is usually good for least a couple of installments before someone throws up their hands and yells, “this isn't working, call a reboot!” While that threshold's perpetually lowering, the Uncharted movie has achieved the impressive feat of crossing it before a single frame of film's been shot. Neil Burger, recently-hired director of the inexplicably troubled project (really, how hard is it to make a movie about a guy who shoots people and makes wisecracks?), says he's ripping up David O. Russell's script and writing from scratch before he even thinks of who might play Nathan.
Above: Anyone who steps into Nathan Drake's shoes ought to be able to wield a shotgun without blowing their own face off, at least during takes
Burger is on the promo rounds for his most recent film, the inconceivably ridiculous-sounding Limitless, in which “a writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with [sic] superhuman abilities!” If the history of Uncharted – which, again, is a story about a guy who runs around, jumps over things, fights baddies and grabs shiny shit – is anything to go by, anyone attempting to write the script could do with just such a contrivance, but Burger reckons he has the character figured. “He's this ballsy guy that lives by his wits, and who's capable of kind of anything and everything. He's fearless and he doesn't give a damn and he'll go after the thing.” Hardly a nuanced reading – but in the context of the game-movie genre, any writer who can compose a script in which all the words are written in the same font is already ahead of the game.
Above: The successful thespian will also be required to share screentime with one or more beautiful ladies, preferably without giggling visibly
As for casting – and again, not to disparage what should make for a perfectly enjoyable film, but if most of your actors are awake during takes, your videogame-movie is already a winner – Burger isn't getting into the “which actor looks best dirty and unshaven” game just yet. He says the script's the first job, then “you see who's available, who seems right, who's a new actor that's just breaking.” Burger's previous scripts have attracted the leading-man talents of Edward Norton, Tim Robbins and Bradley Cooper, so hopes are high that he should be able to put together a story that might lure that elusive actor capable of playing “roguish but likeable” out of the woodwork. What does this news do for your hopes regarding the Uncharted movie?
Jul 26, 2011