Long time readers of Tech Digest will know that we absolutely adore the Uncharted PS3 games franchise. Long time readers will also know that we’ve had plenty of reservations concerning the game’s planned Hollywood adaptation, which was set to be helmed by Three Kings and The Fighter director David O. Russell.
Whereas the games were perfectly cinematic in their own right, full of crazy mythical artefacts, a wisecracking hero and an Indiana Jones style globe-trotting adventure, Russell planned to ditch much of what made Uncharted great in the first time.
Rather than focussing on the rougeish everyman Nathan Drake, Russell planned to make the Uncharted movie about “a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities … They’re like the Sopranos in some ways, but they have great taste, and they have a sense of justice.”
Though the cast of Mark Wahlberg as Drake, flanked by Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci in supporting roles did intrigue, that just wasn’t the Uncharted movie we were hoping for.
And now it may, thankfully, never see the light of day, or at least with Russell’s vision at the fore. Variety are reporting that “creative differences” have made Russell jump ship Sony’s Columbia Pictures studio now seeking a new writer.
Hopefully someone with a better understanding of what makes Uncharted so awesome in the first place will jump on board. There’s definitely a great Uncharted movie just waiting to be made, and we still can’t wait to see it.