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Sony To Make Videogame Movie Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 9, 2010 at 2:20AM

Do they never learn? Even after recent studio duds Prince of Persia and Max Payne, Sony Pictures has signed David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) to write and direct Columbia's action-adventure Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. That's because this franchise wannabe is based on a Sony PlayStation 3 game.
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Do they never learn? Even after recent studio duds Prince of Persia and Max Payne, Sony Pictures has signed David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) to write and direct Columbia's action-adventure Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. That's because this franchise wannabe is based on a Sony PlayStation 3 game.

Naughty Dog's hit 2007 game sold 2.6 million copies and spawned a sequel which in turn sold 3.8 million copies worldwide. But more often than not, hit games do not translate into hit movies, with few exceptions such as the low-budget niche titles Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat. Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach is betting on Russell to figure out a way to avoid churning out yet another forgettable B programmer:

David is a tremendous choice to take on this film.  He’s equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.