At ease, Uncharted fans. Director David O. Russell has left the film adaptation of the videogame series, and one could speculate its a distinct possibility that the not-so-popular casting of Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake, could go with him.
Russell’s next picture will be The Silver Linings Playbook, which Wahlberg is attached to star in, and considering that Russell’s take on Uncharted wasn’t going down well with fans at all, this could be a very good thing. Better start a bigger campaign to get Nathan Fillion in the role.
Sony is reportedly still very keen to go forward with the project, and the studio is currently seeking a writer to redraft the film’s script. Russell’s take on the games was going to see a “family dynamic,” featuring Nathan Drake’s father, and roles for Joe Pesci and Robert de Niro. I had nothing in particular against that; in fact, seeing de Niro in such a film could be really fun. And I guess we still could – we’ve yet to see if any of the concepts for Russell’s film will be maintained. The director didn’t seem to show any care towards the wishes of the game’s fans though, and I hope his replacement will be more receptive.
But I’m more excited about the prospect of Wahlberg no longer playing Nathan Drake. I just couldn’t see him playing the lively character, and like a lot of people, I’d love to see Nathan Fillion play the lead. Time will tell.
Fans of the Uncharted series: are you happy or unhappy about this?