'Limitless' Helmer Neil Burger Replaces David O. Russell On 'Uncharted'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 7, 2011 6:28 AM
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So, how do you get yourself off directing a videogame adaptation? Submit a 200-page script with a bunch of characters that aren’t in the game and you'll be doing exactly what David O. Russell did before he left the director's chair of gestating big screen version of the popular "Uncharted." Already a choice that made nerds uneasy -- mostly because Russell hadn't played the game which apparently is necessary in mounting a movie -- the newest name to board the project should make gamers a bit happier.

Variety reports that "Limitless" helmer Neil Burger has nabbed the job, getting the call after he pitched a take on the movie that producers Ari Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner took a liking to, probably because it actually bore some resemblance to the game. It's still not clear if the long attached Mark Wahlberg will still star now that his BFF4EVA Russell has left, but our guess is that it will come down to the script. Wahlberg knows this is a big franchise in the making and we'd guess he'll be keeping his foot in the ring for now.

Burger is riding very high right now, with "Limitless" becoming an unexpected smash hit this spring taking in over $150 million worldwide. Not bad for a high concept, sorta sci-fi thriller. And while he told us about the few scripts he has in development that are slowly moving forward -- particularly one called "The Criminals" about a band of crooks that take on terrorists -- Burger has been on surprisingly been on no shortlist stories in the past little while, but it looks like he's finally banking his first major studio film. Sony sees this as an potential "Indiana Jones" type franchise and will another video game in the series coming on November 11th they will want to get this moving as soon as possible.

While we wish that Burger was doing something a bit more exciting instead of a big tentpole, at the very least this kicks open a major door for the helmer who has shown particular verve and skill with his indie features so far. As far as replacements go on this kind of movie, you can't make a much better choice than this.

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7 Comments

  • jfmanou | July 8, 2011 6:29 AMReply

    Personnally , i believe that this WILL be the next big adventure Franchise, like they quoted, (indiana jones type).

    I would take someone a little younger, wittier, funnier, and more resembling the videogame drake, than Whalberg or Cooper.,

    Drake seams to me to be around 30 years old. Maybe we should think long term and find someone who could play the role for the next 10 years.
    Fillion seems a good bet like everybody says. How old is he ?

    Ryan Reynolds could pull it off pretty good too, but he doesnt resemble Drake at all.

    A newcomer could also do the trick if he is up to it. Anything but Whalberg would be good if you ask me

  • Sean | July 7, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    Fillion should play Drake. And you can't deny he's gotten bigger now. Castle, apparently, is popular.

  • StuBrew | July 7, 2011 10:33 AMReply

    Get Bradley Cooper or Nathan Fillon for the title role.

  • Edward Davis | July 7, 2011 8:26 AMReply

    What about the face-slap that was not casting Nathon Fillion? HOW COULD THEY NOT?? HE IS HUGE AT THE BOX-OFFICE WITH GAMEROIDS!

  • WarrenGHarding | July 7, 2011 8:24 AMReply

    If Mark Wahlberg is in it, I'm not gonna see it. I don't care if it co-stars Naked Megan Fox. I'm out.

  • Cash | July 7, 2011 8:24 AMReply

    "Already a choice that made nerds uneasy—mostly because Russell hadn’t played the game which apparently is necessary in mounting a movie"

    What a stupid comment to make. If someone was going to direct one of your favorite books into a movie, wouldn't you expect that director to have READ the book first? That wasn't what had us "uneasy," however, as it was nothing compared to the face-slap that was the casting of Markie Mark as Nathan Drake. That hack has already ruined another video game adaptation, we don't need him doing the same to Uncharted.

  • P862010 | July 7, 2011 7:04 AMReply

    so happy i hope he reunited with bradley cooper who is perfect for drake since drake is smart mouthed and witty with quips but also serious when need be

    which was why whalberg was so wrong for drake since being comedic and witty is a big part of drake's character and mark is only funny when he cusses lol

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