Empire sat down with The Fighter director David O. Russell to discuss his Best Picture-nominated movie and also his upcoming projects: namely, his highly-anticipated adaptation of the PS3 video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Though Russell acknowledges that no paperwork has been drawn up yet, the director mentions a few names he has in mind for the character of Elena, a main force in the movie alongside Mark Wahlberg’s Nathan Drake.
ComingSoon provides the conversation below:
What is the situation with your Uncharted movie script? It seems such a natural game to turn into a movie…
The game is very cinematic; there’s no question about it. That’s what I’m working on real hard and I’m writing it as we speak and I’m really excited to make it. I’d love Mark to be in it, I’d love Bob De Niro to be in it; I love the idea of growing them into a cinematic family; I think that’s a really cool idea, but… I guess you’ll have to wait until you see the script.
What thoughts do you have about the love interest, Elena?
Ah, Elena. I’ve cultivated her quite a bit and I think I’ve added a lot of dimension to her so that’s all I’m going to say. I love the woman characters and the more robust they are, the more robust the movie.
From watching The Fighter, we would love Amy Adams to play Elena…
Oh I would love that too, I love Amy. I also love Scarlett Johansson; there’s a lot of great actors I think might suit. Hopefully, we’ll see how it works out with everybody who are being scoped to do that role…
[We should mention that in the original article at Empire, they want to make clear that these are just rumblings and nothing is set in stone yet. So this post is just for the sake of discussion; don’t go around telling your friends this is a done deal just yet.]
Since Uncharted is my favorite video game series of all time, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Russell brings this story to the big screen. I think Adams and Johansson are both fine choices for Elena, but I think Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) would be the perfect choice. I’m guessing that won’t happen, but who knows? From the sound of it, Russell didn’t even seem sure about the casting of Wahlberg and De Niro. Uncharted fans, speak your minds – who do you think would be a good Elena in the eventual movie version of this story?