Rumour – Sony unimpressed by David O. Russell’s Uncharted ideas, Wahlberg out

Tuesday, 31st May 2011 03:25 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Anonymous sources have told the LA Times Sony wasn’t pleased by David O. Russell’s ideas for the upcoming Uncharted script, leading to the director stepping away from the project.

Sources said the I Heart Huckabees director had turned in a script “so long and so ambitious” that Sony was put off.

The film is still said to be in the works, but will start again with a new director and writer, and an old draft script by some of the team behind an upcoming adaptation of Conan the Barbarian.

Mark Wahlberg is not expected to star in the new version of the film, having been Russell’s choice for protagonist Nathan Drake.

Russell has interpreted the Uncharted canon in an extremely losse manner, to the dismay of fans. His script concerned the activities of a family of criminals, art heists, and the pursuit of justice. Huh.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. onlineatron

    “so long and so ambitious” – If Sony turns down ideas like that, what kind of schlocky action flick are we going to end up with?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    whats stupid about this hole story is that he should never of listened to the fans i mean did he listen to fans while making the fighter? no he didnt and that was an awesome movie and everyone is saying “its going to be kidyish” well if he made it a video i highly doubt that anyone would go see it

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Dralen

    Sony were definitely right on the mark with this one. He was trying to make Uncharted in to something it wasn’t.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    @3 every movie game which has been out to date has tryed to make it something it is and has failed at every level maybe making it something its not is the best

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Talyis

    @LOL that’s not it he was gonna kill that franchise doing a film
    Like that, I admit his movie sounded cool but it wasn’t uncharted. I think he was using the name to boost his movie when in reality good movie or not would ruin the game! I mean where the hell is Drakes dad and uncle, they haven’t even been introduced in the game yet! And no Sully wtf.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. The1stMJC

    Still hope for Nathan Fillion!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. xino

    I’m glad Sony were not impressed by his work.

    what movies has this guy done again!?

    trust me…all these directors act as if they have a wonderful vision of how the video game movie would play, however they just f*k things up with their vision!

    The only successful video game movies are Resident Evil & Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider to add and Silent Hill.

    Uncharted franchise is Sony’s Halo exclusive like games, and it is IMPORTANT they broadcast the Uncharted brand to people professionally and without fail!
    Uncharted games haven’t failed gamers yet and to release an Uncharted media that fails will be a bad progression.
    This is why it is essential Uncharted movie doesn’t fail.
    I know the feelings of these kind of directors, they think they can make a good adaptation but they just f*k things up. People like Capcom don’t care what movie directors do to their IP, so as long as it draws more people to the game:/

    I’m glad Sony did this, they saved another game from turning to a piece of sh* movie:
    Resident Evil 2-5
    Hit man
    Street Fighter all garbage movies
    Final Fantasy

    #7 4 years ago
  8. osric90

    I have the perfect Nathan Drake and he’s called Zak Barnett. GREAT ACTOR and awesome as a comedian.

    Anyway, let’s hope this is a good adaptation…or hope it to never release if it’s not going to.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Kyzzz

    Heres what to do:

    #9 4 years ago
  10. TheBlackHole


    Oh dear god. The naivety knows know bounds.

    “what movies has this guy done again!?”

    Oh, you know, not much. Just an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film with Christian Bale called The Fighter, and a little known war movie called Three Kings, for which the Director was nominated for the WGA Best Original Screenplay award.

    “I’m glad Sony did this, they saved another game from turning to a piece of sh* movie”

    …by taking it away from an Oscar nominated Director and giving it to the writers of the upcoming shitfest ‘Conan the Barbarian’.

    Yeah, this won’t be a piece of sh*t movie.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Thalius

    Even if they dont do it with Nathan Fillion i will extremelly happy to NOT see marky mark as Nathan Drake.
    Sony Picture made the right call…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. StolenGlory


    Yeah the guy is talented no doubt – but he is also an egotistical shitbag (look up the overt abuse of cast and crew members on set; the Clooney fistfight comes to mind) with little or no knowledge of the source material (as evidenced by the utterly gash Uncharted screenplay he was happy to direct) and an equal amount of apathy for the likeable characters that made the narrative within the games so compelling in the first place (again, proof is in the pudding with the casting – Marky mark, Joe Pesci and De Niro as a family in the ‘dangerous’ world of antiques? Come on. It sounds like an episode of fucking Lovejoy).

    Don’t get me wrong, I still think the guy is a talented director regardless of what I think of him personally, but Uncharted just wasn’t the right material for him. He simply had no clue how to approach the property in a fashion to do it (and by proxy the fans of it) any justice whatsoever.

    You’re also right though, with the Conan script reference – it will likely be a bag of poo when it finally does get a greenlight.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    He’s a talented director, hell, he may have even been able to make an awesome movie. But it would have been an awesome movie with a character called Nathan Drake in. Not an ‘awesome Uncharted movie’.

    I’m gad Sony did this, Uncharted is becoming one of their biggest franchises, letting some movie come out thats effectively a pole opposite of what the games are about isnt a good idea.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. TheBlackHole

    @12 – Whalberg is far from my favourite actor, and I thought him a poor choice for Drake, but Joe Pesci and De Niro are world class actors, and nobody should be fucking lovejoy, much less these three. That’s a horrible image.

    @13 – “letting some movie come out thats effectively a pole opposite of what the games are about isnt a good idea.”

    Because making films exactly like their game counterparts has worked wonders so far…?

    It wasn’t really a polar opposite, was it? In any case, I don’t understand the need to have a film be an exact copy of a game. It’s a completely different medium and needs to be treated as such. As long as characters and themes are in tact, I think artistic license should be an accepted part of the process.

    Call me a cynic, but I see a theme occuring:

    Peter Jackson, Gore Verbinski, David O Russell, Neil Blomkamp.

    = All amazing directors who have had their videogame adaptations culled for one reason or another.

    I see the issue here being Studio – they either don’t want to lose control to a high profile director, or they don’t want to give up such a high % of ‘potential’ revenue to someobody else.

    The result is that you get shitty movies made by average-poor directors that make money, but have no quality benchmark.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. StolenGlory


    That made me laugh-out loud indeed; again however, I don’t intend to call into question the suiutability and by proxy, the quality of the actors therein (Whalberg excluded), just that they would likely have been poorly (and under) utilised.

    Ditto on the films not striving to 100% match the look of their game counterparts, it simply isn’t essential but by the same token, you don’t want to stray too far from the source material for obvious reasons.

    I do agree on the issue being the studio however though, it always comes down to control and the bottom line; especially in the case of license.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. 2plus2equals5

    No more trash please. Let us only play with our favorite characters.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. TheBlackHole


    Totally agreed.

    What a pleasant conversation :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. LOLshock94

    i hope uwe mother fucking boll gets this movie just for the fact that fans who have no experiance of making a movie and decided that a talent mans version of the filim is shit

    #18 4 years ago
  19. StolenGlory


    I hope Uwe ‘Mother Fucking’ Boll doesn’t get to make any films.

    Ever again.


    #19 4 years ago
  20. dubya75

    Wahlberg’s out? Thank God for that!

    #20 4 years ago

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