Director David O. Russell Drops Off UNCHARTED Movie

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Written by Chris Fullman
Published on May 26th, 2011

Chris is a contributor and Founder of All Things UNCHARTED

News is breaking across the trades that director David O. Russell, controversial for his decisions with the story and desired casting for the upcoming UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune movie adaptation, has dropped out of the project.

Fans had grown upset that a film, widely reported to be “fast-tracked” by the studio, has been so visibly slow in development. Over six months after the release of Russell’s last critically-acclaimed film, The Fighter, saw no progress beyond the story phase. Russell left the project over “creative differences” amid fan frustration and likely studio pressure.

With UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception launching later this year, we’re left wondering if we’ll see an UNCHARTED film before summer 2012, or if we’ll have to wait later.

Source: Variety, Kotaku

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4 comments
Rob23
Rob23

I'm sorry but david o russel is a douche way to ttry and ruin a movie. But uncharted finally has the director it needs Neil Burger who thinks uncharted's story is perfect just the way it is. But i don't think he should use bradley cooper as nathan just because he looks nothing like him i mean he has nathan drake attitude but not the nathan drake look.

Marko
Marko

Probably not the best news. It is once in a blue moon that a director of this caliber decides to work on a video game franchise. I'd rather have someone like him make a great movie with Uncharted characters, even if it's not completely canon and true to game, than have some hack make something that's crap but true to source material. I know these two are not mutually exclusive, but the chances of a great director picking this up now are probably slimmer than ever.

_Bryony_
_Bryony_

Have to say I am delighted. I see creative differences are being cited; I know that is a fairly common and generic term, but it does suggest that Sony have listened to the concerns of the likes of us and realised that the film he was proposing to make, not matter how great it might have been, was not ever going to be Uncharted.

If they are still determined to make the world into a film, then now we have another opportunity to get it right. YEAH!

boomerangmouth
boomerangmouth

Not surprising considering the uproar there has been related to those tidbits of story he's given out. On the other hand though, not entirely expected when just last month Amy Hennig was saying how they were working closely with him. This seems sudden but could it have been developing for a while!