Back in May, David O. Russell dropped out of the Uncharted movie, a decision that didn’t disappoint many fans since he hadn’t seemed very eager to stay faithful to the games. Still, it wasn’t exactly cause for celebration either as the project had lost a talented director and it was unclear if another one would be willing to step in to take his place. This week, however, it appears that Sony has indeed found a decent replacement for Russell, and it is another respectable, if slightly less exciting, choice. At the very least, it’s not a Hollywood “jobber” and for that we should be thankful.
According to Variety, Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) has landed the gig and will be taking over the reins on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner reportedly dug Burger’s new take on the film, which we can probably assume is quite different than what David O. Russell had in mind. It’s not yet known if the original script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Conan the Barbarian) will still be used.
Perhaps the bigger question is who will play Nathan Drake now that David O. Russell has been replaced? Russell had brought in his buddy Mark Wahlberg to star after working with him on Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter, but it seems unlikely that he will still remain attached. Based on Burger’s last film, we are already hearing whispers of Bradley Cooper… all I can say is that I’d rather have Mark Wahlberg! What do you think about Neil Burger taking over Uncharted? Does this make you more or less excited about the project?