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.