David O. Russell drops out of Uncharted flick

Thursday, 26th May 2011 21:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Variety has reported that David O. Russell has left the Uncharted movie project due to “creative differences.”

We read that as fan death threats, but anyway, Russell was set to write and produce Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and it was to star Mark Wahlberg and possibly Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci who would give it a Sopranos type of family dynamic.

Creative differences, huh?

Variety reports that the story is still developing so stay tuned.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. Erthazus

    Thank you Jesus.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Yoshi


    #2 4 years ago
  3. McLovin85


    #3 4 years ago
  4. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    So it was just a terrible dream…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    Why are people rejoicing!?

    David O’ Russell has two FANTASTIC films under his belt (The Fighter, Three Kings).

    I had hope for Uncharted.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    My rejoice comes not so much from the director, but from cast choices Mark Walburgh, Robert Deniro, and Joe Pesci. Don’t get me wrong, i LOVE all 3 of these actors. Just not for the inevitable Uncharted film. That would be wrong on so many levels.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. KAP

    You haven’t seen tomb raider have you?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. onlineatron

    That was a Simon West joint, what point are you trying to make?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. The_Red

    Wow, finally some positive development. That guy hadn’t even seen the game and was going to make his version of Indiana Jones 3 with Uncharted’s name on it.
    Hopefully Marky Mark follows him.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. LOLshock94

    people are saying sony has offered it to David Slade who has worked on hard candy and 30 days of night dont know if this is true

    #10 4 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @5: That’s not the point. No-one questioned his skills as a director. We questioned his understanding for Uncharted. Whenever he was talking about it, he was talking about something completely different.

    The words “Family Dynamic” or something like that would always be mentioned whenever he’d talk about the project. The fact remains that he had plans for Uncharted that have nothing to do with Uncharted.

    He’s also absolutely insane. Would verbally and physically attack crew members. Look it up on Youtube. Even tried it on Clooney. Clooney beat his ass.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. onlineatron


    The Uncharted way is to ape classic pulp action films. That works well in a videogame context, but moving it to the big screen would breed no more than Indiana Jones-lite (see; The Mummy, National Treasure). Adding more depth, bringing in the familial drama of The Fighter, whilst still making it a popcorn adventure romp sounds good to me.

    Uncharted’s characters are fun, but none particularly inspired. Nathan Drake IS Malcolm Reynolds.

    I don’t care what the story is, as long as the film is GOOD, and David O’ Russell (violent, pig-headed, misogynist, yes) could have crafted something GOOD.

    Perhaps this will make way for an even better director, but I fear it won’t. I fear Sony will settle for a lesser candidate in order to rush the film out as soon as possible, whilst Uncharted’s iron is hot.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Clownbabyalbino666

    Very happy that this moron is off the project. Personally, I’d rather they cancel it outright, but at least, now, there’s the POSSIBILITY of it being done right.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. mathare92

    On one hand, this is disappointing news because as he has proved with The Fighter and Three Kings, O Russell actually produces quality films.

    On the other hand, this is good news because the prospect of Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci being somehow shoehorned into an Uncharted film is ever less likely. :D

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Thalius

    There is a God after all…

    #15 4 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    @12: Agreed. An Uncharted movie should not be made at all. 8)

    I actually see no problem here. David could just go ahead and still make the film, just give it a different name, no one would notice.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. osric90

    If I was going to direct it, it would be the best videogame to movie adaptation ever, featuring the game’s characters with a whole new story at the height of the magnificent game. Maybe 10 years from here I can make it happen.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. The_Deleted

    Might go the way of the God of War movie.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Shonak

    Yeah, David O. Russell has one or two decent movies (for me they are still not good enough to call him a decent director though), but the main problem is: That guy behaved like a total douche. It’s good that he isn’t involved anymore.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Freek

    It was a bitt like having Robert Zemeckis direct the next Alien movie. Sure Back to the Future is great but that doesn’t make him the right guy for that sort of movie.

    #20 4 years ago

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