Those of you who spent the duration of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune thinking “You know, this would be much better if I didn’t actually have to do anything” may have been looking forward to a movie adaptation. Sony have been furiously beavering away trying to get one hammered out in time for a Summer 2011 release.
According to the LA Times, David O. Russell – who was being lined up to direct – has pulled out. Russell’s stand-out achievements to date have included direction and writing on Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees. Apparently the production team (which includes Charles Roven, one of the “Dark Knight” producers) and the studio had been trying to get Russell on board but all parties have failed to reach terms.
This leaves the future of the movie, although not cancelled – only delayed, in some uncertainty. Sony are believed to be looking for a new director but might look into casting a couple of the roles first. No doubt the internet will fire up the same old rumours of Joss Whedon in the director’s chair and perhaps even a chance for Nolan North to step out of the VO booth and get his face a job.
Personally, I don’t think you could go far wrong with David Boreanaz or perhaps a less-known quantity like Scott Foley for the role of Nathan Drake. Full on A-listers might be tricky to sign if Sony are keen on pushing production through as quickly as possible so mining some of the eminently capable talent from recent TV hits might not be a bad idea. It’s tricky though, since essentially you’re looking for someone to play a young Harrison Ford.
The real genius in casting, though, might just be who they get for the role of Sully. Much of the game’s comedy and depth came via the interplay between Nate and Sully so whoever lands that role might just steal the show.