Bad news for Nathan Fillion fans… looks like there is now a 0% chance of him playing Nathan Drake in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the Playstation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. It seems that director David O. Russell has already found his man, and apparently the role will be going to none other than his good buddy Mark Wahlberg. The two previously worked together on Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and now The Fighter, but somehow I doubt this decision will inspire much confidence in fans of the video game. Wahlberg’s last video game adaptation, Max Payne, did not go over so well, but what if I told you that Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci might be involved in Uncharted as well? Would that be enough to sweeten the deal?
Talking to MTV Multiplayer, Wahlberg confirmed that Russell is currently writing the script, and that they are hoping to shoot the movie next summer. On top of that, he mentioned that they want DeNiro and Pesci for the roles of Nathan Drake’s father and uncle respectively, and that they have been in touch with both of them although nothing is signed as of yet.
It all sounds a bit strange considering that Drake’s father and uncle never appeared in the video games. Could it be that one of these characters will replace Nate’s partner Sully as his sidekick in the film? Wahlberg reassures us that “it’s not going to be the watered-down version,” but at this point it’s hard to say what the end result will be like. Do you have confidence in David O. Russell, and are you happy with these potential casting choices?