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Sony To Make Videogame Movie Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

by Anne Thompson
October 9, 2010 2:20 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood

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.



  • Uncharted | November 26, 2010 3:09 AMReply

    Nathan Fillion IS Nathan Drake.. The ONLY OBVIOUS choice, for a true rare fit..
    marky mark wahlberg can ruin another movie, some other time.. Learn, from actual, unlikely, success' such as Avatar. Go for the essence.

  • @aesthnoir | October 9, 2010 12:56 PMReply

    lolol @SmartAssPawn "I’d happily take Uncharted 2 instead of Indiana Jones 4 any day" - very much agree.

    I never have high hopes with vidgame to movie, but maybe Russell can make something out of this. I'll decide once we get some trailers. Hopefully those trailers include Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake :)

  • SmartAssPawn | October 9, 2010 12:21 PMReply

    I quite enjoyed the Uncharted games. They are pretty likeable in a popcorn film kind of way. But no, game-to-movies usually don't to work at all. Like any adaptation (whether it’s from a game, book or play) if the source material is poorly written to begin with, there is little chance in hell the film will fare much better. The game industry isn’t exactly brimming with great writing. Saying that, I'd happily take Uncharted 2 instead of Indiana Jones 4 any day.

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