Limitless Director Boards Uncharted Movie

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?

  • Darksiders

    ah! bradley cooper? are you serious?

    and i never saw limitless but that movie definitely looked like it fell under the title of “jobber” director/screenplay

  • K

    I hope Bradley Cooper gets the part.

  • Andrew

    I say just get the same people who played the characters in the game to act in the movie. They are surprisingly similar in looks to their character counterparts. A little toning up and some makeup and you’re good to go. And I really hope whoever directs this is actually a fan of the game, or at least plays through it a few times. The story is good, the cinematics are good, don’t mess with what fans love. That’s why there’s interest for a movie in the first place.

    And when it comes down to it, the Uncharted series is still going to be great regardless of whether the movie succeeds or fails, so make the movie a project for the fans, because otherwise it will sink into oblivion as the red-headed step child of an otherwise awesome franchise.

  • Bill Cosby

    I’d rather have Neil Hamburger directing.

  • Mark Wahlberg

    How is it even a question? Nathan goddamn Fillion.

  • taco boy

    bradley cooper was only good for the hangover and limitless. the only movie that would make him any good for the part would be the a team but im mean come on any one but him. like mark wahlberg or the guy from the tv show supernatural

  • taco boy

    use chris evans as nathen drake. and what about the rest of the crew from the first game elana: the girl that played her in the game emily rose. or kristen bell. sully:j.k. simmons the guy from spiderman. novarro:benjamen bratt. gabriel roman: alan dale from lost or terence stamp. eddy raja: ernie reyes jr. the little guy that fights the rock in the rundown. as for the second movie harry flynn: BRADLEY COOPER or EDWARD NORTON