Uncharted movie loses David O. Russell in utterly unsurprising twist

It's time for you to learn a new word. The word is “hypercredible,” and it means “something so obvious that you have trouble believing it actually happened.” Case in point: the Uncharted movie. If David O. Russell had come out with the most amazing movie ever, you'd say, “that's incredible!” But if you were to hear that the famously contrary artist had taken his leave of the project citing creative differences, you'd conclude that it was so obvious he must be joking. “Creative differences?” Seriously?

Above: The Uncharted movie is represented here by that wrecked plane, and Uncharted 3 is symbolized by, um, the fact that this is a shot of Uncharted 3

The phenomenally unsurprising news comes via Variety, who report that Russell's split with Sony, while “amicable,” leaves the project almost back at square one: with Russell favorite Mark Wahlberg never formally attached to the project, casting must start basically from scratch (perhaps Nathan Fillion finally?), while a new writer is sought to take the initial script beyond first-draft stage. Sony, said to be “aggressively developing” the movie, is still producing the movie with Spider-Man/Iron Man film mega-producer Avi Arad.

Nevertheless, come on: notoriously stubborn director of high-profile art movies wants to make adventure videogame into family drama? You can't say Russell's departure is a shock. It's so obvious you have trouble believing it had the nerve to up and happen, especially considering Russell being famous for his issues when working with people who aren’t Mark Wahlberg. It's not incredible news – it's the furthest thing from it. Don't you agree? What do you think the chances are now of seeing the Uncharted movie released?

 May 26, 2011

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  • Genericpenisjoketista - May 28, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    I don't dislike Mark Wahlberg at all. I just dislike Mark Wahlberg as Max Payne or Nathan Drake. I can tolerate him in any other roles, but for God's sake... please not our precious game characters.
  • Lionzest7 - May 27, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    I'm glad he's out, maybe something good will possibly come of this. I personally don't think uncharted needs a movie though... since most of the game is better than most movies out?
  • Boshanks - May 27, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    What's with the unanimous O. Russell bashing? He's a good director, the Fighter was great. I do agree that an Uncharted movie is ill advised, for any director.
  • DaveGoose - May 27, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    This movie will never happen, which is good.
  • Kethmach - May 27, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    I'm very glad the JOKE that was the movie plot and director view has been scrapped. I'm a HUGE Fillionfan so I've always thought Nathan should be played by Nathan. That said, I wasn't unhappy that he didn't get the part after seeing the direction that Russell wanted to "reimagine" the series into. Now- as of today and this news. I'm not surprised to see the project fall apart nor am I upset. For the same original reason; We don't need an Uncharted movie. The GAME is a movie. There's NOTHING they could do with Uncharted to make it better or more cinematic other than film live action scenes of the game exactly as it appears in the cut scenes and best action parts. We don't need a movie to "humanize" the characters- they're perfect as they are. We need a Halo movie to bring Chief to life (as in the books that do that) because we don't get to know much about Chief in the games. But Nathan Drake- we know Nathan Drake. I say Don't mess with the great reputation for presentation that Uncharted has by making another Mario Brothers Movie.
  • ZiltoidTheOmniscient - May 27, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Thank God. This movie was gonna be an atrocity.
  • BigWillis - May 27, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Good, now don't make this in to a movie at all.
  • KidKatana - May 27, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    I just don't understand why this needs to happen. Uncharted is already like a film, if they do make a movie they just need to adapt the games rather than crowbar in some bullshit additional characters and scenarios. In any case, I reckon that Uncharted is a franchise that - along with Rockstar's output, Bioshock, Half-life etc - are rendering movies irrelevant anyway; all the benefits of videogames with far better acted and directed stories than most Hollywood blockbusters. It's faintly insulting that the gaming community is expected to grovel in thanks that Hollywood has deigned to balls-up an otherwise excellent IP in the name of expanding its audience. I mean really, would you have gone to see a move about Drake's globe-trotting family of treasure hunters?
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - May 27, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Good news. David O. Russell seems like a total asshole, and on top of that, his vision for the movie showed little to no respect for the source material. I'd rather the movie never get made than see it bastardized.
  • luckyseven - May 27, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Here's hoping Msrk Wahlberg is the next to go
  • BigLandoz - May 27, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again... Captain Malcolm Reynolds or GTFO!
  • Thunder_Squirrel - May 27, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    I'm just glad Wahlberg is out. The only one who can play Drake is Nate Fillion! I hope this movie happens, and that they don't F it up.. But then again not so likely..
  • quincytheodore - May 27, 2011 5:01 a.m.

    Blasto's avatar is more amusing than this hopefully-not-a-movie.
  • awinnerisjew - May 27, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    In unrelated news, Nolan North was denied in his attempt to return 310 pounds of lemons to Walmart, stating "I won't be needing these after all."
  • TheJudge574 - May 27, 2011 3:31 a.m.

    This is good, maybe marky mark will drop too. I wasn't to keen about the whole thing being about family. Why can't they just stick with the story from drake's fortune? Let's hope Nathan Fillion gets the role, and they find someone that respects the franchise and can make a good movie.
  • grayguwapo - May 27, 2011 2:53 a.m.

    WHEW! I'm glad O. Russell is out... That whole concept of family of theives drama thing would've shot down the Uncharted series in both the movie and videogame industry... Honestly, if a movie doesn't materialize, I'm ok with it, focusing on the game would be great... But if it will push through, then here's to hoping Nathan Fillion gets casted... I was watching an episode of Castle the other night and boy does he resemble Nate, even some of his gestures... I would even say the way he talks is the closest I've heard to Nolan... I have to agree with @Yaro that we can really trust Naughty Dog on protecting this series and listening to the fans...
  • Yaro - May 27, 2011 2:18 a.m.

    Oh man this is so funny. I am relieved and now I do trust Naughty Dog they won't let Uncharted movie be total shit. I'd still LOVE to see De Niro as Sully.
  • Ironarm - May 27, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    Glad this is happening. I would rather not see a family drama rendition of Uncharted. If Nathan Fillion were to take the role this movie would have huge potential. Hell, I can even see Bradley Cooper becoming Nathan Drake. I'm just glad O'Russel is out.
  • GillaMobstaYBD - May 27, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    I agree with blasto. There's no point.
  • santaclouse37 - May 27, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    Thank god.

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