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The UNCHARTED Movie Has Its Director!

Published at: July 7, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

Once David O. Russell dropped out of the UNCHARTED adaptation, Sony's been looking for a new director to take over the project, and according to Variety, it looks like they've found him.  It's Neil Burger, director of the recent LIMITLESS, a riff on the superhero genre, which was actually quite good.

It's still not known if Mark Wahlberg would remain with the project, and now that a director's been hired, things should be moving quickly with casting and pre-production.  Bradley Cooper wouldn't be a bad choice for Drake, since he's worked with Burger before (and Burger got a terrific performance out of him).  Robert DeNiro worked with Burger as well, so maybe he could remain and play Sully?

Of all the games out there, UNCHARTED has the best possibility of being an actual good movie, since the story's so cinematic.  Hopefully now that Burger is on board, we will see momvement on this property.  If done right, this could be a great adventure franchise.  If not, it'll join the rather long list of video game adaptations that didn't work.

Nordling, out.

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  • July 7, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    FILLION

    by hitchhiker42

    FIRST!

  • Uncharted will blow, too

  • July 7, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Ehhhh, could go either way as far as quality goes.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Who knows.

  • July 7, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Dont mess it up!! The games are great.

    by Knobules

    Of course it will be messed up. Hollywood cigar chomping fatass "lets put Sarah Silverman in it and have diarreah in another country jokes! HYSTERICAL!"

  • July 7, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Kevin Connolly as Hitman

    by Pvt. Duke

    Fist-bump?

  • July 7, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Fillion indeed!

    by threetoesoffury

    This flick could OWN as its based on some strong source material. Fillion's got the chops for it. The challenge will be writing a solid enough story that doesnt crib too much from a feeling of the Raiders or Mummy series'.

  • So I like this news. Burger did a nice job of directing Limitless and Bradley Cooper IS Drake. And Uncharted 2 is one of the greatest gaming experiences I've ever had.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Neil Hamburger? That *COULD* be interesting...

    by sadclown

    oh wait, no ham in that Burger.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    FILLION DAMMIT.

    by robogeek.com

    Nathan is Nathan.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    F I L L I O N

    by Tulio Pontacoloni

    He cured my swamp ass problem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCf9M5GsDSs&feature=player_embedded

  • July 7, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    The idea of Bradley Cooper as Drake is growing on me

    by Rebel Scumb

    I would also be fine with: Josh Holloway Chris Pine Chris Evans I'm not going to bother mentioning Fillion since everyone else will and the reality is no studio is going to take a chance on him. And he's too old. Fillion 10-12 years ago would of been not only ideal, but the ONLY one who could play Drake. But its not going to happen so I'd rather see Cooper or one of the other 3 realistic names mentioned then end up with Wahlberg or someone worse.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion - the 21st Century Bruce Campbell

    by rev_skarekroe

    Can't wait for his Old Spice ads to come out.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    This is actually perfect.

    by Randy

    Burger has shown he has some major talent, he's done a lot with rather small budgets and has a nice visual style. Cooper as Drake makes a lot of sense for this, he's becoming a big star and he's certainly way ahead of Marky Mark in matching the character. Uncharted 2 is such a great game and so cinematic, there is tons of potential for an Indiana Jones worthy movie.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Marky Mark assures this will be Max Payne 2

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Biggest disappointment of my short video game movie watching history. Why don't they just stick to the story in the game? Especially if its better than the crap the screenwriters come up with.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The Adaptation Game

    by logosicon

    NOVEL (novella, short story..etc): Yup, The word made flesh. Detail to MORE detail. COMIC BOOK (graphic novel, comic strip..etc): Sure, as it is an interpretation of the source's iconography into the real world. Complexity to MORE complexity. Video Games (fighting, open world..etc): Folly, the inherent interactive uniqueness of the source stripped away to serve a new passive dynamic. Player to spectator. Hugo

  • July 7, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Of all the games out there...

    by emteem

    ...Uncharted has the best possibility of being an actual good movie. I assume that was hyperbole.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Just us the voice cast...

    by crider

    ...and save some money on budget, Super 8 showed you dont need big name stars to earn money. And speaking of Super 8, Kyle Chandler looks a lot like Nathan Drake... Hummmmm.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    THE FUCK?

    by KilliK

    who the fuck is this unknown? damn one more cheap cash-grab vg adaptation from HW.sigh.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Anyone but Marky Mark.

    by Stalkeye

    Bradley Cooper would do fine as Drake, nut even better suited as Solid Snake if the powers that be were to (finally) make a film based on the venerable Metal Gear Solid franchise. I never bothered to finish Uncharted 2, but hopefully the 3rd game will be worth my $60.00 and attention span.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Cooper for ethe lead, if it gets him out of THE CROW

    by Lord Elric

    Seriously

  • July 7, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Uncharted is just Tomb Raider with balls

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    and I don't mean that as a compliment. Tomb Raider is just Indiana Jones with boobs.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    You nailed it logosicon

    by CartoonFanboy

    Stripped of their interactive engagement, video game stories are quickly exposed for the derivative tripe that they are. Uncharted will be no different.

  • ..but I don't need to see his Baby's Mama in another lead role. Nepotism: The worlds oldest Affirmative Action.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter is gonna make 20 billion in its first 5 minutes

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

  • And the movie could be awesome just like Indiana Jones could have been awesome just like Wolverine could have been awesome just like Aliens vs Predator could have been awesome etc.. but we'll see. It would be ideal if they could stick to a classic flavor with real sets and real stunt work but let's face it in today's age they'll probably sell out and cut tons of corners with CGI and make a largely forgettable film. Prove me wrong guys.

  • Can't really see that guy climbing cliffs and jumping from moving vehicles, etc anymore.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Fillion is good but isn't kind of chubby

    by IndyCollector

    for a balls-out action movie like this?

  • July 7, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    ..stuntman AND CG replacement

    by George Newman

    both

  • July 7, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Bradly Cooper would be quite an inspired choice

    by D o o d

    I don't get all the love for Nathan Fillion. I'm sure he's a nice guy etc, but as an actor who can carry a huge movie like this? I'm not too sure about that!

  • July 7, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    AICN should stay out of videogames

    by Sean

    If they don't know what the hell they're talking about. Uncharted isn't the MOST cinematic game out there. I guess Nordling has never heard of a little indie title called MASS EFFECT, or BIOSHOCK, or FALLOUT, yeah those games are just games, nothing cinematic there. Stick to movies children

  • Assuming Sony wants to turn Uncharted into a trilogy, they're going to need to cast someone in their late twenties or early thirties who can run a 5 minute mile and stay in that shape for the following 7-10 years. Fillion's just a little too old and pudgy for the role. I'd feel slightly better about Cooper; but he's just five years younger than Fillion.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Marky Mark Must Go

    by Jerry Danzig

    If Uncharted is getting a new director, let us hope they get a new Drake as well. Someone with a sense of humor, who didn't beat up gays and immigrants as a young man...

  • July 7, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for Sully

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

  • Fillion has the voice and personality, but he just isn't the most physically built. Wahlberg isn't much better, but the guy is built. I like d o o d's Bradley Cooper idea.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Has there been a good video game movie adaptation?

    by JamesWest

    Just wondering, but has there ever been a movie adaptation of a video game that was a good, stand alone movie?

  • July 7, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    there's a reason Fillion isnt a big star

    by sunwukong86

    he isnt very good

  • July 7, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    @ jameswest the first half of Silent Hill was pretty good

    by sunwukong86

  • July 7, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Please not Walhberg

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    His blandness sucks the life out of every project he is in.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Jameswest

    by D o o d

    Silent Hill is pretty damn good movie. Creepy in the right places and has just an air of quality about it!

  • July 7, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    holy shit

    by lingxor

  • July 7, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Fillion all the way

    by TheBoManKicksAssAndTakesBlame

  • July 7, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    JOHN CARTER OF MARS TRAILER IS OUT!!!

    by KilliK

    well its description that is: http://bit.ly/rfJ2fk

  • It isn't perfect sure. But it more or less followed the (simple plot) of the game. I still remember seeing it in cinema, with the crowd going absolutely insane(you know you secretly like that song as well), also it featured most characters from the game and did a way better job of handling them all than the awful streetfighter film(still one of the worst, despite it's decent cast).

  • why you looking in here? I already said it all in the subject.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    sciencefromscratch

    by Rebel Scumb

    all the Fillion love comes from the fact that he looks and sounds a lot like Drake in the game. There are lots of photo comparisons up. But they're mostly from when he did firefly, and I think he's aged too much since then.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Better, now get Fillion damn it.

    by jimmy_009

    Sometimes a role just calls for a certain actor. Fillion is it for this one. Make it happen.

  • That's who I always thought Drake looked like when I played. Not much any of an actor than Fillion though.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Limitless was great but needed a punchier ending

    by jimmy_009

  • July 7, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Mass Effect isn't cinematic!

    by Johnno

    Not all of it anyway... the bulk of it is just awkward. Are we gonna film the conversations between characters as one to one people with awkward pauses in between while they just stare at each other in errie silence until the main character decides what he wants to say? Then more cover based shooting? Don't get me wrong I'm not ragging on the game, but its presentation leaves much to be desired. Something Uncharted does leagues better, granted it doesn't do many of the things Mass Effect does, but that's precisely why they can make it more cinematic. Frankly, Heavy Rain is probably the best cinematic experience I've played from start to finish. Though at this point you start to notice that the less gamey your game is the more cinematic and movie-like it can be. On the topic of game movies, I usually wonder why the cinematic teams behind many of these games can't just make a completely CGI movie? If all that uncanny valley bullshit is really a problem, then just stylize your characters more instead of aiming for photorealism. Problem solved. But I guess American audiences will be confused because their CG cartoons aren't family oriented... they still haven't outgrown the phase where cartoons and those there video games can't be anything more than something that's only appropriate for ages 10 and younger... yet will tune into Family Guy every week... And while we're at it, where can I petition Sony to hire Niel Blomkampf to adapt Metal Gear Solid?

  • Not that there's much media out, but we did get some stills from the set, costumes of the nurses and monsters, tons of leaked spy photos of the sets, announcements of a great cast lineup and lots of other little tidbits. If there's one video game movie to bet on I'm placing my money on 'Silent Hill: Revelation.'

  • July 7, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    the new indiana jones

    by Candy ass monkey suit

    Now that Harrison Ford is officially "Getting too old for this shit" now this would be a good Indy replacement, which is basically what it is. I think Cooper would be a good choice for it.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    nolan north

    by uberGribbler

    Balls to gloom and cooper...let's keep nolan north in role. Looks like drake and does the voice for the game. The voice is what makes the character

  • July 7, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Good points for Fillion with age, but GET HIM ANYWAY!

    by dead youngling

    Cooper would be a good second.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    by uberGribbler

    Bloody phone...fillion, not gloom!

  • July 7, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Cooper might be okay

    by Keith

    But Fillion is an obvious match. Is he bankable? Probably not. But it would work anyway.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    there's a reason Fillion isnt a big star

    by Keith

    Yeah, it's because he generally plays charming losers with a slightly cowardly streak. And you can't become a really big star playing those roles. These things are more important than one thinks. One of the reasons Eric Bana isn't a big star is that he rarely chooses projects in which he comes out as the hero. He usually ends up either dead or as some kind of loser. Presumably it interests him more to take these parts. But they are not conducive to becoming an A-list box office star.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    jameswest

    by Keith

    To answer your question: No.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Let me guess misterdarcy...

    by jimmy_009

    You read the Bill Simmons article on movie stars/Ryan Reynolds/Will Smith and now you're an expert on Hollywood starmaking. Riddle me this?... What has he been in that has broad exposure? Firefly is his biggest role, and it has a relatively small audience. Eric Bana had the Hulk and Munich, much wider exposure. I propose that the reason he isn't a "star" could simply because he hasn't had large-scale exposure to make him one yet. If he got that and still didn't get that "starpower" then I'd be more than willing to accept your theory.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    rebel scumb

    by Sean

    I never mentioned Fillion, I'm honestly all for casting him, he's a little older, but not by much, and he could easily tone up for a role like he did in Serenity, in which he was almost gaunt. I simply said AICN always tends to come off as a bit ignorant and pretentious when they discuss anything game-related because most for them don't know what the hell they are talking about, it's not the same world and they seldom show it any respect.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    And Johnno

    by Sean

    Everything you said was just stupid on it's face

  • July 7, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The problem with Fillion is not age or paunch

    by Sean

    It's the fact that exec see him as a TV actor. Whose biggest role is Castle, not Malcom Reynolds, because execs could give two fucks for cult faves. And if I were an exec, even I don't think I'd give the star of TV's Castle a $150 million tentpole. That would have to be one hell of an audition tape. And I'm pro-Fillion

  • July 7, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Nordling Johnson is right. Bradley Cooper is the best choice.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 7, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    It'

    by jimmy_009

  • July 7, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Great games

    by veritasses

    Wahlberg's a horrible actor though.

  • July 7, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    I agree about giving Nolan North a crack at Drake.

    by Happyfat73

    Give the man a go!

  • I can just just imagine the amount of vagina sand that would flow forth if they offered the role to Knoxville.

  • If there could ever conceivably be a role cstom fucking made for Nathan Filion, it's this one. The character is a total copy of Filion. He looks EXACTLY like him. He talks, acts and sounds EXACTLY like him. The last video game movie Wahlberg starred in bombed so fucking bad I don't even remember what it was called.

  • July 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    @scienefromscratch

    by Gault

    I don't think you understand what "cinematic" means. While Mass Effect, Bioshock and Fallout had many cinematic moments, like buttloads of other games available this generation, the games themselves weren't cinematic. Even Heavy Rain, which was marketed as, essentially, a movie, failed being cinematic. Uncharted 2 is unrivaled in this department. How it seamlessly blends it's action with dialogue and epic set pieces into one fluid playable video game, that's what makes it the most cinematic game out there. For the majority of the game it feels like you are playing something that you could easily imagine happening on a big screen. Games that just give you exposition and set pieces while you still have control over your character does not make it cinematic. There's a lot more to it that, so far, only Uncharted 2 has nailed.

  • July 7, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Gault

    by Sean

    By cinematic I am referring to design, both character and environmental, and story integrity. You can't say a game would make a good movie because it's already essentially an interactive movie int eh first place because that's a terrible way to make games. Uncharted didn't want to be a game, it wanted to be a movie, and relied overmuch and set events and "Press X not to die" moments. Games and movies are supposed to be different animals. if you want an Uncharted movie that just follows the beats of the game, just play the fucking game. ME, Bioshock, and Fallout would make far more interesting films because the worlds they inhabit could be breathtakingly realized on film, and since they are RPGs, the creative team would have some freedom to deviate without worrying abotu pissing off a bunch of nerds. Seriously, Uncharted wasn't bad, but it's the Halo of the PS3, if you can actually consider it a great game than your clearly the LCD. How about a movie with some flair, not Indiana Jones by way of Joss Whedon

  • July 7, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    They've finally done it.

    by yesiamaplant

    The Fillion fucks who insist he is perfect for every goddamn fucking moving have finally made me fucking hate the guy. Hate him. If I see Nathan Fillion in something, it makes me hate it. If I see people suggest him for something, it makes me hate it. Fuck all of you stupid assholes with no imagination who have made me loathe an otherwise perfectly adequate actor.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Fillion wouldn't be bad

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Of course, they'd never chose him. Silent Hill need not worry. This movie will blow and Silent Hill will remain the only good video game adaption in history. Wow. Look at those rottentomatoes scores! lol! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_based_on_video_games Alone in the Dark 1% ftw Hmmm I liked Limitless, except the end, this movie has some potential, I'm gonna predict a 44% Rottentomatoes score.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    *continues rallying chant* FILL-I-ON! FILL-I-ON!

    by Tigger Tales

  • July 7, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Hope Story will be at some point in Montreal :D

    by Pascal

    Like in Uncharted 2 when Drake and his friend got an chat about Montreal. Drake to Sully : "You always follow hoses. Just like in Montreal, huh?"

  • July 7, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    cooper first, fillion is a close second...

    by Norman Colson

    now all they need is a great writer who's played the games and knows the material... Cooper can do action... we will see.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    sciencefromscratch

    by Johnno

    It seems you're misunderstanding something... We're talking to how a game is cinematic as a game. Not how a game can be a cinematic movie. I don't disagree that you can make kick ass films out of Mass Effect or Fallout or Bioshock. Of course you can! A movie by virtue of itself does the job. But in terms of being cinematic within the game itself as we play it... Uncharted does a far better job. A game like Mass Effect opts to be more of a game that gives players complete control of all aspects, dialogue, look, where to go what to do next etc. of course doing so comes at a cost of making things less cinematic and less narratively structured by nature of what Mass Effect is aiming for. THe same goes for Fallout and Bioshock. Not that these games don't have fine cinematic set piece moments... But as an overall package, Uncharted and even Heavy Rain present a better cinematic presentation. And the reason is because the allow the player to do less than the freedom and open world-like exploration of Mass Effect, Fallout and Bioshock offer.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    fuck bradley cooper

    by Fico

    That dude is a fucking fag. He's perfect for Face from A-Team, and not much else

  • July 7, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Hugh Jackman, J. Jonah and Pretty Kruger

    by edog72

    I like Bradley Cooper too but I think Wolvie fits the look and has more clout to carry a franchise. But BC is on the rise. Please no Deniro as Sully! That's just silly! I say J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah in Spidey) is a way better fit! So my cast: Hugh Jackman: Drake JK Simmons: Sully Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, Unknown): Blonde chick How ya like dem apples?!

  • July 7, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    hugh jackman as drake??? lol.

    by Norman Colson

    Jackman is too huge to play drake... he's sarcastic but not smaller. Drake is a lightweight prettyboy who get's by on his brains and guts... nothing much else. jackman bad pick.

  • July 8, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Lightweight prettyboy? What game did you play?

    by UltraTron

    You don't remember snapping necks. Killing men with your bare hands. Drake is unfuckingbelievably trained in hand to hand combat. He gets by as an A#1 badass. I won't even get into the mini gun he carries around like Jesse Ventura.

  • July 8, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    And actor who plays him in the game is over 6 feet and

    by UltraTron

    sturdy. Where the fuck did you get lightweight from? Prettyboy? Just go.

  • July 8, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    The list of videogame adaptations that didn't work is

    by ides

    the complete list of videogame adaptations that have been made. At least where live-action is concerned.

  • July 8, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Super Mario Bros. Movie

    by Hideo Kojima

    Dennis Hopper's best role since Blue Velvet...

  • July 8, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Johnno

    by Sean

    Well said, but then we come to the core point of the arguement of whether games NEED to be made into movies at all. Games are designed as an interactive medium, the less interactive they are, say in games like Drakes Fortune, God of War, Heavy Rain, yes that frees them up to manipulate the pacing and the cinematography a bit more, but at that point I have to ask why bother even working in an interactive medium. Interactive and non-interactive media just don't mix, that's why video games movies are cursed because they don't really have an audience. Comics do because, again, non-interactive media, storylines and pacing can be more or less interpreted straight from the source. As much as I may like the idea of a Mass Effect movie myself even, the idea of watching that world but not being in control of it just sucks all the interest out of it for me. Even if they cast Fillion as Drake, to the gamer, Nolan Noth and the modelling team at Naughty Dog brought Drake to life, if your gonna make a movie, make it CG and give the fans of the franchise EXACTLY what they want instead of kind-of-sort-of-not really what they want.Thankfully with Valve and Rockstar firing up film production dpts hopefully it's only a few years before these guys don't have to sell off their beloved properties like whores and do things marvel-style

  • July 8, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Rob Liefeld designed Bradley Cooper's nose.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • July 8, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Transferring games into films...

    by Agent_Snake_Mcready

    Should never be attempted, its an impossible task. Games are designed first and foremost TO BE PLAYED, story lines are just the hook to pull you in. Its a different medium, you can never duplicate the experience in a purely passive format such as film. Besides, there's no need to take a idea from a game, considering that games themselves are so derivative anyway. This is just another sign that Hollywood has lost its balls when it comes to backing original material.

  • Have you BEEN to the movies in the last decade?

  • July 8, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    sciencefromscratch

    by Agent_Snake_Mcready

    A narrative in a game is just a layer of glue to hang the game play on. It might be fun (portal 2) or involved (Mass Effect) but its still going to be, 9 times out of 10, derivative. Fact. You take a storyline from a game and place it under the microscope that film does, and the cracks will always begin to show. That's not to say that film can't be derivative too, its just that a good film has to have a deeper, more involved plot. Its characters have to be layered and real. A film's purpose is different from a game, the two in my option should be kept separate. There's no snobbery here, games can be an art form to, its just that they've driven by different engines.

  • July 8, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    GERARD BUTLER

    by Pim Kapitz

    he might be getting a bit old for the part but I've played the hell out of the Uncharted games and I've always thought he would be a perfect Nathan Drake

  • July 8, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    mmmmmmmmm Burgerrrr

    by MamboMan

  • Like he is about to let out the biggest gassy bourbon burp in the world. Remember him SINGING in the Phantom movie? It was like a prylosec commercial. Dont get me wrong. I like the guy. I just think he needs Tums.

  • July 8, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    The Fillion template. Probably the closest example I can think of is

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Tom Selleck, an extremely popular television actor that missed out on Raiders (thank God, for the life of me I can't think of Magnum PI as Indy), but then tried his hand as a lead in a lot of misfires, until he found his calling as a supporting actor, as in Three Men And A Baby. Now Fillion hasn't reached the level that Selleck had during his Magnum years, but he has the same type of charm and easy going personality.

  • Go on Gamespot.com and look at any movie game review. THOR for example. Just crap.

  • July 8, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    This film has potential...

    by PopCultureJunkie

    Potential without Fillion...studio execs are looking for mass appeal and not a particular demographic. They will hire an A-lister. Anyways, Burger is a great choice for this film. I hope he understands what makes the game so great and doesn't change much at all with the underlying story that we all love. Russell was planning to do this with his 'family' like storyline which isn't "Uncharted". He left due to 'creative differences' for a reason. He couldn't have his way.....In this case, we win. http://nitro5737.blogspot.com/

  • July 8, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I disagree that game's stories can't make good films.

    by Johnno

    Sure arguably if you just cut and past the loose plots and cutscenes exactly as they are won't contribute much, but this is precisely where a writer adapting a game has the freedom to insert some creativity and thematic stuff of their own. I'd argue that the concepts and characters of many games, not all, but for sure many, have plenty to offer and in the right hands can be adapted to be an entertaining if not brilliant flick. My love of games hasn't stopped me going to the cinema. Of course I don't expect to be reliving the same thrill of playing the game versus watching something. But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a good adaptation of a game in a well made film. I thoroughly enjoyed Mortal Kombat. I liked Silent Hill. And there's plenty of anime that's been adapted from games as well, hell some of these actually add to the canon of the games to expand their universes. So i don't get the idea why anyone would be bothered that the film can't be as great because you can't play it, that's a given, but somewhat like an enthusiast reader complaining that films will never be as good as books because they don't let you use your imagination to picture it, and in your head you're your own best director and cinematographer... So far Hollywood has put out shitty game adaptations because the bulk of them HAVE NEVER BOTHERED to stick closely to the game's source material aside from a vague concept. They just make up their own shit, slap the title on and hit print. Other times Hollywood likes to over-complicate a game adaptation when instead it would work best by making it a simpler film, or other times toss out the entire atmosphere of the game's world for some other derivative shit. Producers treat the properties as some mass market consumption quick buck and try to save money and make it cheap by having a low budget and giving it to yes-men hacks who'll stick to the committee designed formula who'll go so far as to cut out vital things to market it to the PG-13 crowd. It's too bad Jackson and Blomkampf never got around to making Halo... That could've been an awesome passion project! But in that case greed and stupidity on all sides by the suits killed it.

  • it could work as a movie. Unlike movies that try to recreate the videogame plot in movie terms, Uncharted can simply be a rousing adventure with Drake and Sully, if properly cast. Just use a good (and actual) mcguffin, like Lucas has used in the past. I think Russell tried to go with the "Sir Francis Drake as ancestor" route which is a great backstory for Drake, but not the story itself.

  • July 8, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Except Nationa

    by Ciderman

  • July 8, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Except National Treasure sucks

    by Ciderman

    Another attempt of american cinema to try to convince people it has an important culture of it's own. Here's a hint, you don't! Just a portmanteau of everyone else's. Ah well. Uncharted will make a great movie, but the tag of the associated game will cause the bulk of reviewers to be lazy and just write it off. Same as they did with Silent Hill and Hitman, pity that. Just as comic book adaptations are breaking away from this lazy journalism, videogame originated stories have still a mountain to climb before being accepted. But Uncharted could be just the thing to do it, we need an Indiana Jones experience on screen, after Indy 4 didn't cut the mustard.

  • July 8, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Videogame movies are ALWAYS CRAP!

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    I can't think of one that wasn't. Who watches this shit?

  • July 8, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Fillion? Fuck off

    by The Kusabi

    I'd rather not have some stupid-looking ape try to be Drake. Guy doesn't look smart enough to so much as read a diary, never mind figure out clues to treasure.

  • July 8, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    No Mark Wahlberg

    by Ksilvers

    I think there are 3 good choices: Tim Olyphant Colin Farrell Josh Duhamel

  • July 8, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I always thought...

    by SUPERJIM

    ....Eddie Cibrian, was a dead ringer for Drake. Not sure if he can actually act though. I've only ever seen him in one thing and can't remember how he was in it. Had to Google to find his name.

  • July 8, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute.....Uncharted ISN'T a movie?

    by Yelsaeb

    I was playing a video game that entire time?!!?!? Wow, I really couldn't tell.

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