Dear David O. Russell,
What in holy hell are you doing to one of our favorite gaming franchises? Listen, we’re big fans of Flirting with Disaster, I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings, and your most recent effort, The Fighter. So why are you making us hate you every time you bring up the Uncharted movie you’re working on?
In an interview with IGN, Russell elaborated on the Uncharted film script he’s currently in the process of writing, comparing Uncharted to the Sopranos (dear god) and hinting that the film will have a supernatural element (to be fair, supernatural beings play a part in both Uncharted games released thus far).
“I think if we take that family dynamic that we have in The Fighter, and put that in terms of a grander stage, with a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities. If you’re the head of a museum, or head of state, you’ve got to deal with them, and they’re badass,” said Russell.
“They’re like the Sopranos in some ways, but they have great taste, and they have a sense of justice.”
The only reasonable reaction….
David went on to say that Mark Wahlberg and the previously rumored, but not yet confirmed Robert De Niro would be great for the movie. “I would love to do that with Mark [Wahlberg], Robert De Niro, and a couple of hot women, it could be very thrilling,” exclaimed Russell.
In regards to the supernatural twist to the Uncharted film, Russell was very reserved, hinting at it with “All I’m going to say – I’m not supposed to talk about it – but what’s wrong with the supernatural?”
Russell finished up the interview by discussing how it’s impossible to live up to every gamer’s expectations. “I don’t think there are too many games you can play through that make you go – ‘Well that’ll make a great movie,” he said. “There’s not a lot of references on it, so I don’t think there’s a blueprint that says you must directly translate the game to the screen.”
With that, we agree. You should never directly translate a game to film, just like you should never word-for-word translate a book to film. However, what Russell seems to be doing with the Uncharted film, from our perspective, is murdering the soul that