Surprise, surprise… another respected director has apparently had second thoughts about directing a movie based on a video game and decided to jump ship. Last summer it was announced that Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) had signed on to direct Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for Sony, replacing David O. Russell. Now we have learned that Burger is no longer attached to the project and that, for the moment, there is no immediate replacement. They will wait to find a new director until another draft of the script is turned in by Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure).
The news comes courtesy of Variety, although there is no word on why Burger decided to leave. The focus is on the hiring of the Wibberleys, who seem like a decent match based on their National Treasure experience, although they also have plenty of other questionable credits to their name including Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, I Spy and The Shaggy Dog starring Tim Allen. Still, they are probably a step up from Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Conan the Barbarian) who wrote the first draft of the script.
It seems like Sony started off shooting for the moon with directors for this project but they are now in danger of losing momentum. Something tells me there is a very good chance that this will turn out to be just another terrible video game adaptation. What do you think, is there a way that Sony can still salvage this project? Who would you like to see direct an Uncharted movie?