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David O. Russell to write and direct UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE!

Published at: Oct. 8, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I've been waiting for someone to do a real deal adaptation of a video game in order finally dispel any thought that any video game adaptation is inherently shitty. Video games are just like comic books, novels or plays. If a talented filmmaker has a passion for the adaptation he or she will make a good movie. I think we came very close with Silent Hill, but some horrible third act decisions really kept that one from being the movie that set the standard. Neil Blomkamp's Halo could have been the first one to successfully work, but then it fell apart. Then it was Gore Verbinski's BIOSHOCK that could have been the first one. Again, real filmmaker with real passion for an incredibly cinematic story. Now it seems to be David O. Russell's take on the popular PS3 game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

This is a move that reminds me a little of hiring dramatic filmmaker Bryan Singer to direct X-Men. Russell is known for his strong character work and fantastic visual eye. Seeing him take on a modern day adventure tale makes me smile. When you stop having the Paul WS Andersons and Uwe Bolls of the world adapting video games, oddly I think you're going to start seeing good video game movies! Shocker! Here's the press release announcing the project to be produced by Avi Arad at Columbia Pictures!

David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) has been set to write and direct Columbia Pictures’ Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, an action-adventure based upon the bestselling PlayStation 3 game, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad, and Alex Gartner. The story follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “David is a tremendous choice to take on this film. He’s equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.” The game, developed by the acclaimed team at Naughty Dog, was one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed games for the PS3. Named IGN’s Best Action Game and Best PS3 Game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune sold one million copies in the first 10 weeks of its release at the end of 2007 on its way to moving more than 2.6 (confirm) million copies and spawning a sequel. That sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was a major commercial and critical success, winning Game of the Year honors from several influential critics, being named the most critically acclaimed game of the year by Metacritic, and selling more than 3.8 million copies worldwide. Both games are among the all-time best-selling games for the platform. The project will be overseen at Columbia Pictures by Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin.

What're your thoughts? -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    XOXOOOO

    by rxse7en

    Start Reset

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    yeah, equally adept at pissing off both the cast AND the crew

    by Star Hump

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    No.

    by Dapper Swindler

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    A Modern Day Indy

    by rxse7en

    Would work if done correctly. Here's to hoping. And my "first" post was my goofy attempt at video game humor. Move along.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Bradley Cooper...

    by cinemixtape.com

    ...is the obvious choice for Drake, IMO. This is strange news, indeed, but I loved the games. Especially the second one. Fantastic stuff.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Not again.

    by Dapper Swindler

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Video game movies are what comic movies used to be...

    by The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    Aside from a few arguables, most of the pre-Blade/X-Men era of comic books movies ranged from cornball to total trash. I think that's what we're seeing now from video games. While over the last few years producers have mined just about every worthwhile concept from the world of comics, video games have been slowly building a number of very cinematically viable properties that have either gone untouched by film or could easily be remade by stronger talent. The Avengers movie will likely be the apex for this generation of geek film, for better or worse, once that comes and goes producers will start looking more to video games for some original ideas and start really pumping money into their productions. I definitely think budget has played a huge hand in hindering a lot of video game films to this point, I think the closest VG adaptation to a comic movie budget wise was the Resident Evil Franchise, and even that was nowhere close. Most Hollywood talent turns up there noses at VG movies much like they used to with comic films until they realized there was a HUGE market for them, once the budgets are stronger and the VG movie trend goes mainstream, expect to see the VG curse lift, and lift quickly. My money's on Bioshock turning the tables (Verbinski's stated the wheels have started turning again) but really any property with eh right cast and director could very well open the doors. No one expected Blade to bring about the comic movie Renaissance, but look where we are now.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    FUCK YES!!!

    by JasonZumwalt

    That is all.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    David O. Russell?

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Why the hell would he want to do something like this?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    David O. Russell?

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Why the hell would he want to do something like this?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    I know people always say this, but...

    by Alec.Eiffel

    THIS is the role for Nathan Fillion. For a while I thought Drake was actually modeled after him and that he did the voice work. This is him to a T.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Two Points:

    by TheMovieLover

    1) Does the fact that video games are becoming more cinematic themselves hurt movie adaptations? I mean, the Uncharted games are filled with real characters dialogue, action beats, and plot twists. WOuldn't they have to come up with a totally original story? and 2) Nathan Fillion, Chris Evans, or Bradley Cooper for Drake.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    And as far as Drake's casting goes...

    by The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    It's a damn shame they will go straight for a leading man, because Nolan Noth not only IS the voice of the character, he's physically a spitting image of Drake as well. I just better not hear the name Ryan Reynolds, not once you hear me!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    I think Silent Hill is a legit movie

    by Ribbons

    And there's nothing wrong with its third act compared to the other two acts. It's not a great movie, but it's got a lot of visual flair and some interesting themes, and even if it didn't knock it out of the park, I think it successfully proved that adaptations of video games can be taken seriously.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to the blooper reel

    by Chief Joseph

    Didn't George Clooney deck this asshole director once when he got out of control?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds for Drake!

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    I'm just fuckin' with ya.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by Ribbons

    ...wasn't David O. Russell directing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? I'm assuming that project fell through then?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    If Christian Bale wasn't so...

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    ... damn intense all the time, he'd be perfect.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion is not right for the part

    by The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    He's a little too big for Drake, and farnkly teh only reason I see for the constant compariosn is that Drake's Fortune tried so hard to ape Joss Whedon's writing style that everyone jumps into his roster when it comes to fantasy casting, why not Nicholas Brendon, David Boreanaz, or Alexis Denisoff? Since apparently the only casting you can think of is brown haired white dudes who can be pithy and Whedonesque.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    3 Kings has LOTS of visual flair. So this should work.

    by future help

    Hope

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Fillion IS Drake

    by MrFusion

    He is a bit larger than Drake would ideally be but he would be able to pull of the character perfectly. He has the exact type of personality and acting style that would make Drake come to life.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I think this wont suck huge cocks

    by shalashaska

    and I'm pretty sure The Fighter wont suck. The only crappy Christian Bale movie I have ever seen was Terminator Salgaytion and that wasn't entirely his fault. Any way David O russell is pretty dope in my book so methinks there is hope for videogame movies yet. I'm still holding my breath for Metal Gear Solid.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    And this is funny

    by shalashaska

    youtube.com/watch?v=E4Qls1rAfYs

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion is right for every part.

    by blackwood

    David O. Russell is a really cool choice. Kind of left field, but really cool.<P>But seriously, get Fillion off that asinine MURDER HE WROTE and back into film. Especially now that he has geek cred AND bored housewife attention.<p>Sigh.<p>Honestly. We all just miss Captain Reynolds. Oh captain my captain. Drake is close enough.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    I like Russell a lot.

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    Flirting with Disaster is one of my favorite comedies. This just doesn't seem like his kind of thing. Would be curious to see what he does with it. I know nothing about these games but I would expect a lot of humor in this.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    And SILENT HILL is a great, great film...

    by blackwood

    ...crippled by a stupid, stupid studio. Did you know, the original script had no male characters whatsoever? And had no real-world scenes? Or that silly opening on the cliff? It started with the scene by the tree. I swear to god, one of these days I'm going to edit the crap out of that film and post it on the internet as a warning for studios to stop pretending they have the slightest idea how to make a film. Finance one, sure. But make one -- go sit at the kids table, the adults are talking art.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    i actually thought it WAS Fillion voicing Drake

    by Datascream

    So he would be perfect. And Castle is a fun show! The man has finally found a successful show, let him keep it going. Plus the chick in that show is WAY hot.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Cool news indeed.

    by thesinofthesky

    Would it be completely out of left field to suggest Timothy Olyphant for Drake? Perhaps Michael Fassbender? Whoever is cast, as long they don't stray too far from the source material, it's going to be awesome.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by EpilepticLurcher

    Uncharted 1 and 2 are the best games of this console generation hands down. Nathan Fillion was born to play Nate Drake. I thought he was Drake the first few hours I played Drake's Fortune. Roll on UC2.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Roll on UC3 even

    by EpilepticLurcher

    Indy for our kids generation.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Theres Archaeologist blood in the water

    by AGNT009

    when they green light this. Id prefer they didnt do this. Because now both a movie and a game will have this name, and only one version of it will be the best. Im banking the game wins out. But, Indiana Jones is dying, literally, and he wasnt even in our time. I thought the National Treasure movies would fill the gap, but those seem dead at 2 movies. So, theres a big giant hole for a swash buckling archaeologist type on screen. They have to get this right with the first movie or its DOA for this movie franchise. I want them to succeed, but frankly, they dont need to be copying each other in story and title. Let a game do one story, then a movie, then a game, and have both worlds intersect so that in the movie, he refers to things that happened in game. If they worked it like that, both the game and the movie franchise of the character would thrive.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    That's a good idea AGNT.

    by blackwood

    Too good to happen. But now I have my fingers crossed just in case.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Joe Flanigan for Drake

    by Excuse Me Mr

    Look at the guy, he even has the demeanor.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    by Alec.Eiffel

    Drake's face looks like Nathan Fillion. The character looks just like him, I think much more so than it looks like Nolan North. And he is not a rip off of Whedon's writing in general, he is a direct rip off of the character Fillion played on Firefly. I believe this is intentional on the part of the creators of the IP (which I of course have no proof of, it just seems painfully obvious), It's like the casting of Sam Jackson as Ultimate Nick Fury. So, no, suggesting Brendan, Borenez and Denisof or any white actor with brown hair would not be the same thing.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Josh Brolin?

    by PvtTOUCH

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Regardless of looks

    by thesinofthesky

    Whoever they cast is going to have insanely physically gifted. Maybe they can find a stunt man who has the look and can actually act.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    but drake is

    by gutshot

    just a snarky indiana jones, and i think thats what critics will say if it manages to come out. i guess it will be a modern indiana just like the new diehard and james bond, more of the same, but with parkour.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    what about that Russell creep

    by Star Hump

    gotta factor that in

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    I HATE Browncoats always mentioning Fillion for shit.

    by Shermdawg

    But in this case, they're right. He's absolutely perfect for this role.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I'm with you Shermdawg

    by Alec.Eiffel

    Usually it's entirely inappropriate, but not this time. The real question is who will play Sully.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Also, PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD...

    by Shermdawg

    ...cast Claudia Black as Chloe. Best character in the whole franchise right there, and she's the reason why.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Excuse Me Mr....

    by thesinofthesky

    I see your Joe Flannigan, and I raise you a John Barrowman.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Two words: NATHAN FILLION

    by robogeek.com

    Double rainbow all the way.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    just use the actor who voiced him.

    by Bouncy X

    he might not look like the character but he looks good and in shape and is a decent actor and since he's the voice and source of the motion capture, it would just be cool. of course hollywood will want some name actor so that aint gonna happen so yeah..Nathan Fillion is perfect. not sure if he'd be enough of a big name for them though.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    One problem with Uncharted The Movie

    by onezeroone

    It is all bass ackwards. The whole thrill of Uncharted comes from being IN a cinematic adventure story. Watching the movie would be like watching someone else play, which is fun but not half as much as playing it yourself.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    The real difference between David O. Russel and Bryan Singer

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    David O. Russel is talent while Singer is horrible. Blade is the true first great crossover comic movie. Fuck X-men.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Sounds great.

    by Yelsaeb

    Get a good guy to play Nate and they might not mess this one up. Heck, if Nolan North was a bit younger they could just get him to play Nate in the movie too. And I think Jeff Bridges would make a great Sully. Am I alone in that?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    JOE FLANIGAN

    by UMAGA

    The only choice.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Also

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Fillion would be decent but not the kind of box office draw they would need. I agree with onezeroone that video game movies have a much tougher time being adapted than comic books or novels or plays or anything because the draw isn't *just* the story, it's that you're in control. That said, this is a much better choice for adaptation than Mass Effect.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    more Sully options

    by Bouncy X

    Powers Booth has a similar swagger and voice to him, especially now that he's more or less the right age. if not him, how about that guy that played Mr. Friendly on Lost.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    liesandpicturesofalsolies

    by The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    All due respect good buddy, bud you're high as giraffe pussy if you think Uncharted would make a better film than Mass Effect. There's absolutely NOTHING in Uncharted we haven't seen in Indiana Jones or heard in anything from Joss Whedon, at least with Mass Effect we'd get some cool new alien effects and space battles, I think that's more entertaining than watching an egocentric prick jumping off roofs.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The formats dont mix

    by gantoo

    You can't make a good video game out of a movie, and you can't make a good movie out of a video game.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    One of the best games EVER!

    by ganymede3010

    And I haven't even played the sequel yet. My PS3 got the red light of death. Which sucks because I shelled out 400 bucks for it not even 3 years ago.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Question to the gamers about Uncharted:

    by KilliK

    Do i have to play the first Uncharted game or i can start with Uncharted2 without worrying about understanding the general story and characters?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    KilliK, nope.

    by Shermdawg

    I skipped the first and the second was pretty easy to get into.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    DEAN WINCHESTER FROM SUPERNATURAL

    by BlackJackBauer2

    aka Jensen Ackles. <p> he is CLEARLY the right guy for this, thus he wont even get a shot at a reading.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    NATHAN FILLION NATHAN FILLION NATHAN FILLION

    by vini77

    That's all

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    NO.

    by Shermdawg

    As the original Jensen Ackles supporter here at AICN...well...there may have been someone championing the dude during Dark Angel, don't know, wasn't around then, but Jensen doesn't fit the character as well as Fillion. Plus he's too young for the role anyway.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Give me my damn Mass effect movie

    by ORIONgods

    not this indiana jones ripoff

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    3 words: Super. Mario. Brothers.

    by BadMrWonka

    3 more words: I. Was. Kidding.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    ps NATHAN FILLION should do the soundtrack

    by ORIONgods

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    also NATHAN FILLION for the producer

    by ORIONgods

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Emily Rose!

    by CCon99

    I hope they continue with Elena played by Emily Rose. Emily is already beautiful and has played the part through 2 games already. I would much rather Emily get the part than a bad acting stripper like Megan "thumbs" Fox.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    @KilliK

    by CCon99

    You don't have to play the first, to get the storyline for 2. It's a whole separate story. But you would probably enjoy 2 a little more if you played the first, since you would be more familiar with some of the characters from the first game. Imagine watching Indiana Jones 3 or 4 without seeing Raiders. You would have no problem following those sequels, but you would enjoy Marion, Sallah, and Marcus more if you saw Raiders first. I would definitely recommend playing Uncharted 1 first though, especially since you can get it for $20 or probably even cheaper if you get a used copy.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Emily Rose is the Haven chick?

    by Shermdawg

    Yeah, that'd work. Just cast her, Claudia, and Nathan.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Silent Hill's a creepy movie

    by Orionsangels

    I had this weird feeling after watching it, but the strangest thing is kind of like that feeling.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Peeps beat me

    by BERSERKR

    to it, Fillion IS Drake, Drake has the EXACT same sense of humour and delivery, Drake even SOUNDS really similar.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    One of best games on the ps3!

    by BlackBriar

    Seriously, anyone that hasn't played both games. Need to go buy both games right now! This movie has a chance to be the first ever video game success!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Fillion doesnt have "it"

    by BlackJackBauer2

    He is good for tv, but he just doesnt have IT to carry a real film. Put him in something like Airplane, fine. But he doesnt belong, and its clearly evident. Plus, he is too old and looks fat on Castle. <p> its time to move over and get some new blood in there. Jensen fits perfectly, his character of Dean is Drake! He is the perfect age for this to make it a trilogy over 10 years. Fillion will be all old and bent over by the 2nd film.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    I mean, cool, but he said...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...after "Three Kings," that he'd NEVER do such a large-scale movie again. I guess time (and a far-too-long break between films including the Vince Vaughan DJ movie that never came to fruition) and maybe some cash changed his mind.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Elizabeth Banks for Elena!!!!!

    by Fulham_FC

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    When I was saying it is better to adapt Uncharted, that wasn't a dig on ME. I agree that Mass Effect has MUCH more interesting ideas at work but, in my opinion, it's going to be extremely difficult to make the video game's epic experience work in a movie. The game of making moral choices and watching those choices play out forged a bond with the story that I don't think can be replicated. Uncharted just need to have cool gunfights and attractive people climbing around on crazy shit and it's a successful adaptation of the Uncharted game. It's only a better choice because it is easier to pull, I'd love to eat my words and see a compelling Mass Effect movie that feels like the game but that screenplay will kick around for a year or two before dying a merciful death, more like.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake

    by Henry Fool

    I typed that without even looking at the talkbacks and wasn't surprised to see how many posts suggested him. He's just perfect for the part. Gerard Butler would probably be my second choice. Chris Evans would also be a good fit.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Have him taking cover behind stone walls

    by Dennis_Moore

    for two hours.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Seriously, though, I'd like to see Fillion

    by Dennis_Moore

    have a huge big screen hit, coupled with Whedon having huge box office with Avengers. Which might add up to some more Firefly/Serenity.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    FILLION?? WHAT ABOUT FLANNIGAN??

    by Wackyal123

    Why does everyone see Nathan Fillion in this role? The role was MADE FOR Stargate Atlantis' very own Joe Flannigan! He IS Nate Drake! Looks, voice, attitude. All you need then is Gene Hackman as Sully and you're set!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    From a gamer...

    by EyeintheSky57

    I have been gaming for over 30 years and Uncharted 1/2 is two of the best games ever. Especially due to their theatrical presentation. Play them both. Don't skip to U2. Play U:DF also. Both are amazing games. As for casting: Fillion is too old, just like the real guy who plays Drake, Nolan North. Flannigon is a great choice. Another, slightly bigger draw, might be Chris Pine. With Elena, let Emily Rose keep doing great. Gabriel Roman: Please give this to Alan Dale (Charles Widmore from LOST)

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Sully...

    by Flibbertygibbet

    Is Geoffery Lewis still alive? His character in Van Damme's Double Impact (don't judge me!) WAS Sully. Liking the Cooper and Flannigan suggestions for Drake, but I've got someone else in mind. Now if I could just remember his name...

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Sully...

    by Flibbertygibbet

    Is Geoffery Lewis still alive? His character in Van Damme's Double Impact (don't judge me!) WAS Sully. Liking the Cooper and Flannigan suggestions for Drake, but I've got someone else in mind. Now if I could just remember his name...

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    I hate to say it, but they will cast Mark Walberg

    by Rebel Scumb

    I love the uncharted games, and Joe Flannigan would be perfect, and Nathan Fillion would also be perfect if he was about 10 years younger, hell even 5 years younger. I would love if they cast Nolan North and the girl who played Ilana since they both look just like their characters. But it will never happen. I'd be okay with Brad Cooper I guess. Or even Josh Holloway, it could be a good star vehicle for him after Mission Impossible 4. But David O. Russell has cast Mark Walberg in his past 3 films, and studio standpoint its a safer choice then anyone being mentioned in this talk back. I personally hate the idea, but then every videogame movie ends up being garbage anyways, so there's no reason to get hopes up for this one.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Kristen Bell would be a decent choice for Ilana

    by Rebel Scumb

    Forgot to mention that in my first post.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Ilana should be the hot blonde from Better Off Ted

    by The_Weird_Turn_Pro

    Not Portia Di Rossi, the other one, she has a similiar voice and oddness to her and she's a stone cold knockout.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Got it!

    by Flibbertygibbet

    Ken Marino. God, that took me far too long! Anyway, he's perfect for Drake, although I agree with Rebel - a bigger name is more likely. This film would be too expensive for them to start taking risks on it's lead.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Michael Trucco (Anders from BSG)...

    by Rebel Scumb

    Also looks a lot like Nathan Drake, although I'm not sure he could handle the comedy aspect, and again he's not a star.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    But why?

    by Son of a Butch

    The game is awesome, but does this story really need to be re-told in movie form? The game is basically a playable Hollywood blockbuster as it is.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    The key is the comedy

    by rosncranz

    Fillion is a great choice, in fact he is perfect except that he is a little too old... I cringe when people even mention Bradley Copper, he is not even remotely right for this part and has too much of an asshole persona so the parts where Drake is being an ass would come off too ass-ish and less likeable...okay I don't know any of that made sense. I also like the idea of Chris Evans, that dude is really coming into his own and is one great role away from being huge. Also, Scott Pilgrim showed he could bring the funny and the arrogance while still being likable.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Son of a Butch, exactly

    by Mr_Sinister

    I agree! I'd actually prefer it if the movie was a completely original tale about Nate Drake and companions. We don't need to see the stories of Drake's Fortune or Amongst Thieves again.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Nathan who?

    by Pigdog

    Shut the hell up about Fillion for the role already. Stop suggesting low grade sci-fi actors; it's embarrasing. On top of that they don't give a shit who you suggest, most likely they will pick someone better than your tastes (crosses fingers).

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I still can't fathom how they fucked up Tomb Raider!

    by BiggusDickus

    I mean, it should basically be 'Indiana Jones with tits'. How can they possibly have gotten that so spectacularly wrong

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    79 Days

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Fillion is...

    by P862010

    Far too old now he will be 40 in 5 months. The best pick now in my opinion is Chris Pine he has : The Looks The Age The Physique The Charisma to pull off Drake

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    And not a single fuck was given that day.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Now that sounds classy

    by PoppaBurgundy

    I haven't seen anything this exciting since we reported on that squirrel that could water ski.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Matthew Fox

    by munkyworks

    I know he is being mentioned for Mass Effect. I think he would be a good fit for Drake as well.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Silent hill is definately the only comicbook

    by UltraTron

    movie that comes close to greatness. The original uncharted has a terrible ending. Part 2 is simply the best thing since Raiders. Uncharted 2 when played in a world-class theater has flawless audio on par with the greatest movies of all time. When a train falls off a mountain it literally sounds like it. In 1080 rez the game screamed to be 3D from the moment I put it in. The camera is possibly the best ever done. There's a part in Shambala where you are knee-deep in water and lightning is flashing. Every time it flashes it illuminates statues and stuff under the water. The production design in 1080 is simply beyond the experience of anything I can think of on film. There's never been a time when I could walk around a movie quality set and see it from every angle with a perfect DTS audio environment. Note to game makers: Uncharted 2 has the very best audio levels ever recorded for a game. Absolutely reference. The train level- have you guys seen that? Shambala? The ending of the game? It's just like I said - it's the best thing since Raiders. So as far as a movie goes.. Well movies will eventually become what comicbooks have become. They keep comics around for advertising and to keep characters in the popular consciousness. Movies will become the intros to the much bigger and more involving interactive experiences that will emerge as our world continues to de-volve into the digital world. I say devolve because you are all de-volving into the greys as we speak. After some cataclysms that involve radiation and you living underground for a thousand years- your eyes will be huge from low-lit underground environments and staring at 3D monitors and your skin will be grey from living underground and your mouth will be a little spout because there's no cows to eat. Your body? When do you use it? It'll be as skinny as the alien's. And so no doubt you'll invent time travel and come back to land at Roswell, breathe the same air(odds are simply impossible something else could breathe here),and periodicly anal probe your ancestors out of spite for having caused the cataclysm which devolved you into a grey frog creature 

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Wpw, UltraTron!

    by BiggusDickus

    Ease off the sugar there, dude!

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Matthew Fox would be horrible as Drake.

    by Shermdawg

    Dude has zero charisma. Plus there'd be no crying scenes.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    David O. Russell as the creep with the strap-on

    by Star Hump

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    KilliK - Play both!

    by Johnno

    You can play the 2nd one and enjoy it no problem. But the first game is really fantastic and you'll enjoy the second game more after playing the first one! It's cheap now, so grab both, the second game is getting a re-release soon with vouchers for all the bonus online DLC included so it's win-win for you.<br><br> On the topic of the film adaptation, I too would be happy if this was a different stand alone story that complimented the games. Besides which the games story and characters are sooo well written that you could really do a copy and paste job of it and the film would be a well received summer hit! It's hard to screw this one up and it sounds like they've got someone god on board. Sony now needs to get its act together and put some effort into a Metal Gear Solid film and they've got two huge potential blockbuster franchises on their hands. I don't know when Halo will be out of development hell, but I have very good hopes for Bioshock. Also Silent Hill could have been exceedingly great if Gans was allowed to make the film he wanted instead of all the studio bullshit. But there's still time to turn things around with Silent Hill 2. They should just focus on making new stories in the Silent Hill mythos that the first film establishes and there'd be great stuff for everyone. I have no hopes for Resident Evil ever puling itself out of the mediocre bin, but then again the game's storylines aren't much either. And if they ever plan to take Castlevania away from Anderson and do something good with it, I believe following what Lords of Shadow has done would be a great place to start.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    It must be...

    by windomearle39

    Charlie Sheen

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I though it was a movie about a pirate

    by AsimovLives

    You know, Francis Drake.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    The problem isn't bad movies from games. The problem...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...is that at this point, a great game is better and far more rewarding than an action flick.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    And 3-D movies are fine and dandy, but 3-D TV + the first...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...truly great 3-D console game is going to change everything. <P> Everything.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion is too old?! Ford was 39 for Raiders.

    by antonphd

    The perfect age for high adventure. Old enough to be smart. Young enough to kick ass.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Uncharted the #1 talkback?

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    why? to talk about the amazing game? because we all know the movie will suck ass and disappoint you all! I'll be surprised if it isn't as lame as the Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia movies.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    fuck this shit

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    make a big budget Mass Effect movie. That might actually translate into a cool movie. Fuck Halo, too.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    it would be cool to see Nathan Fillion get this role

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    never played the game, but....

    by The Dum Guy

    I'll love to see the behind the scenes meltdown footage.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    FTI Ultratron, Silent Hill wasn't a comicbook movie.

    by Galactic

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    WAHLBERG HAS TO BE A CANDIDATE

    by Mullah Omar

    If only because he is a guy who has starred in action films and has shown an ability to work successfully with David O. Russell. The latter appears to be no easy task.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    The problem with game to film

    by EpilepticLurcher

    is that Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a great game but it takes 8 hours to tell the story. Cutting it down by 6+ hours takes a lot away from what made it special. Plus on film you are no longer the hero, just a spectator. <P>Casting wise, Powers Boothe or Bruce Campbell for Sully.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by Johnno

    It is about pirates and Francis Drake. Y'see, the character in the videogame is supposed to be one of his descendants or something, and he's a treasure hunter and has Francis Drake's old journal which he is using to find his lost fleet. Also you fight and kill hundreds of other modern pirates and there are also fantasy elements in this series that I won't spoil.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Paul Rudd for Drake

    by DonaldKaufman

    Think about it.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    I'm not so much for Nolan North to play his voiced character...

    by polyh3dron

    But Emily Rose would be PERFECT to reprise her role as Elena. SHE is the spitting image of her character, easily: http://tinyurl.com/2722xru

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Huckabees cast members:

    by polyh3dron

    Jude Law could be Gabriel Roman!

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Ford looked younger than Fillion though

    by BlackJackBauer2

    Cmon, can we really compare them? at the same age of 39,Ford looked 35ish TOPS, while Fillion looks 40 minimum and more likely 43ish. <p> on top of that...Fillion just aint it.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    oh please keep it faithful to the game

    by ForgetfulPete

    And feature ENDLESS scenes of people ducking behind things and shooting at other people, make the movie feel like it's sixty hours long and FEATURE A FINALE IN WHICH ALL YOU DO IS HOP OVER A LITTLE OBSTACLE AND PUNCH A DUDE WHO'S SHOOTING AT YOU OVER AND OVER AGAIN so the hero leaps, punches, gets shot, jumps back behind the barrier fine, and then repeats this process three times before delivering the final blow, then THE END. I would see such a movie a hundred times. Video game plots ARE shit. Even BIOSHOCK and HALO. That is all.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    NATHAN FILLION OR GTFO!

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I seriously thought it WAS Nathan Fillion voicing the character until I got the end credits and saw it was some no-name. Clearly they were going for a Fillionesque character because he even looks exactly like him.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Johnno

    by AsimovLives

    I'd rather have a movie about the historical pirate.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Drake's the man. Bradley Cooper or Nathan Fillion, please.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Not to be a wet blanket...

    by Plathismo

    ...but speaking as an adult who enjoys video games MORE than movies, I just don't get excited when a game property is made into a film. To me, adapting a great video game into a movie is a retrograde motion in terms of media development. It's like adapting James Cameron's 'Avatar' into a radio play. I'm not saying it can't be good. But really, what's the point? Uncharted and Uncharted 2, when experienced in their intended medium, are virtually peerless. As movies they'll most likely be nothing special. (Yeah, I know, David O. Russell...but have you actually SEEN 'I Heart Huckabees'? I'm afraid I have.)

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    78 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    This is Fantastic News

    by D o o d

    Not only is Uncharted an amazing game but Naughty Dog have shown George Lucas and everyone at Lucasarts how to really deal with an Indiana Jones type character.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    it wont be as good as the games

    by alex138

    the games themselves are movies in their own right. get me nolan north and emily rose or i write this off as a lame remake that won't stand against the originals.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Chris Evans or Chris Pine...

    by Rebel Scumb

    Are the two best suggestions I've heard on here, that are also actually plausible. Pine doesn't look at all like Drake, but he does have that great leading man persona and presence that is so lacking in young actors these days. He could potentially be a new Harrison Ford if he picks his movies right, and fortune smiles on him. And Evans is definitely able to handle the comedy, and also has a super physique to make the countless parkor climbing scenes seem remotely plausible. I also agree though that the game itself is already a movie, and more enjoyable since you get the suspense of being in control, so doing just a straightup movie seems kind of pointless. And in a lot of ways doing a new story about Drake and Ilana seems the smartest way to go. One of the things I love about the Uncharted games is that despite how badass the action is, these games feel very upbeat, and lack all the cynicism of most games like Gears of War or Assassin's creed where the main character has to be a soulless killing machine. Drake is a really decent guy, that actually feels like an oldschool hero you can look up to, and admire, like Indiana Jones.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Never bothered to finish the game...

    by Stalkeye

    ..as it's been collecting dust in my cabinet. I guess there were other games that I found to be more entertaining than this tomb raider rip off.Not that it's a bad game, but I was'nt too impressed as I would be like say..God of War(Now THAT would make for a good film.) 3 or to a lesser extent RE5.It just didnt really grab me..same goes for Assassin's Creed.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Del Toro for a Castlevania Lords of Shadow Movie

    by Stalkeye

    The game itself is highly reminscent of his previous works, especially Pans Laberynth and Hellboy (somewhat) That hack Anderson should be removed from the rights to helm the pic.He really fucked up RE to the extent that it's just some high octane sci fi flick, but with zombies.<p>LoS is a great game for fans of Castlevania, however 2D purists need not apply.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Hitler Reacts to Wahlbeg Casting...

    by stemin84

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHw6fAqEeno