David O. Russell On The Uncharted Movie: ‘Trust Me’

I know you don’t want to read this but the chances of the Uncharted movie being anything like, well, Uncharted, are disappearing fast. David O. Russel has been talking about the film and said:

As far as I’m concerned, I’m very respectful as far as the core content and sprit of the game, but beyond that it’s my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie. People have to trust that and let that go

To ‘be respectful’, Mr Russel has played the game ‘a bunch of times’ and met the game’s creator, Amy Hennig, who is ‘really cool’. To reflect the ‘core content’ of the game, Mr. Russel once again describes the ‘really intense family dynamic’ which I think I may have missed in the game, possibly as Drake doesn’t have a family.


To demonstrate just how well he has understood the Uncharted franchise David O. Russel said:

To grow a game into a movie is an interesting proposition because a game is a very different experience than a movie. You guys are playing the game, and it’s about playing the game. It’s not about a narrative embracing you emotionally. You know what I’m saying?

That will be Uncharted, universally acclaimed franchise and winner of multiple awards for writing, storytelling, direction and performance.

Source: SlashFilm



  1. Why does everyone have to have a god damn family to be a valid character? They did this with Tomb Raider. Chances are, if you sepend your time in guns fights and hanging off the side of buildings in the remote regions of Peru, you’re not going to see a lot of your family.

    I respect the fact that Russel has to make a good movie, I do, but what he is making isn’t Uncharted he should stop trying to force it to be something it’s not and call it soemthing else.

  2. What he just said makes me trust him even less, I think Heavy Rain and Uncharted more than show that games are more than “go here, shoot that” and that narrative can play a great part in the experience.

    • yeah that last line was cringe worthy. such a silly thing for him to say

      • Why not just say ‘Gamers are shallow people who don’t care about plot’?

        It will be awful.

      • i went to “like” your comment hoodie, but then i realised this wasnt facebook… in conclusion i thought that your above comment was witty and i agree entirely with it.

        good day.

  3. I just hope its not going to be another street fighter disaster :/

  4. OMG. I’m now 100% sure this film is gunna flop. The cheek he has to tell us, the people who enjoy and play the game, to “Let go”. Why doesn’t he let go of a plane 15000 miles up in the sky. That would probably be a better film than the garbage he will direct.

  5. he obviously doesn’t have a clue what hes talking about in regards to games if he knew about he would know games can be about the narrative and the gameplay . if this film actually turns out to be good id be very surprised

  6. facepalm

  7. I really don’t see how people think 20mins of cut scenes in a videogame would automatically make a great $200m+ movie unless the story has more layers than simply shooting one bad guy after another every 1.67 yards. As fun as that is in a game I’d walk out of a cinema if I had to watch that

    • That’s not the point, what he is creating is not Uncharted, it’s something else.

      • It’s entirely the point, he’s making a movie a medium which is massively matured in comparison to videogames. blowing shit up with a casual wink at a 2D female bit of arm candy isn’t going to cut it.

        See any movie based on videogames ever made for details.

        Whether this will be good or not is a different matter, but at least he’s giving it a chance of being good.

      • I argee with you CC about him trying to make it a good film. At least he is researching Uncharted unlike certain director who is known to make crap video game based films just for the money.

      • Is that what you really think of Uncharted?
        The relationship with Sully, the friendship and deception plus the emotions with Elena which resolve to obviously being deeper than it first seems?
        The simple shooty, climby, blowy-uppy gameplay is the thing that makes this a game but it’s this story that makes it so fantastic.

      • It might be something that takes the core of Uncharted (Drake + Treasure Hunt) with a different but not necessarily less interesting story around it. We’ll just have to wait and see how this turns out. If Naughty Dog is involved but hasn’t put up red flags yet it could be a sign that the ship has not hit the bottom of the ocean yet. :D

      • Mr CC_Star, you are talking out of your arse.

      • No, you’re right an Oscar nominated director with fantastic films under his belt knows nothing about making a movie in cahoots with Naughty Dog’s Director & Writer Amy Henning.

        Gamers obviously know far better. I concede.

      • I never said he wouldnt make a great film, he probably will.

    • @cc_star. I have two points in reply. Firstly, Uncharted DOES have a lot more layers than that. It has the elements of a great film wrapped around a very playable game.

      More to the point though; If you want to make a film that has next to nothing to do with the game that’s fine, just don’t use the name and characters to sell your movie.
      If the movie is good, it won’t need these tie ins which is why I don’t think it will be.

      • Exactly 3Shirts, exactly. It amazed me what tripe people accept as a game-movie adaption.If you want to make an Uncharted movie, then make an Uncharted move. Don’t change everything but use the high profile name and characters while everything else is stripped away for money.

        If this movie sounds good to you then I’m glad, but it is not Uncharted. It is a generic movie, flaunting the Uncharted name.

      • We know next to nothing about the story so far. Why can’t people just wait until solid information is available to form an opinion?

      • What he has said is solid information. Or am I dreaming. I don’t care about the story, I don’t care about the movie, it’s the principle in general. What he is making, the characters and links he is including is not what Uncharted is. This is something els with the Uncharted name slapped on it which is my problem.

      • I was referring to your comment “If you want to make a film that has next to nothing to do with the game that’s fine, just don’t use the name and characters to sell your movie.”

        What exactly do you know about the plot of the movie? Probably as much as someone who knows that Inception is about dreaming. Close to nothing.

      • KeRaSh, you seem to be taking this awfully to heart but please don’t call me ignorant.
        I don’t know about the plot but I never claimed to, the point I am making is that if it’s a great plot and story that can stand up on it’s own then why use the Uncharted brand at all?
        The wealth of historic evidence regarding game tie ins suggests that it’s a way of raising unjustified interest.

        I would love for this to break that mould, I really would.

      • I never called you ignorant. My reply wasn’t even directed at you. I’m not entirely sure who came up with the idea of making an Uncharted movie but if it was Sony that made the call then there is no reason to blame the director for wanting to make the best of it. If it was his idea then making an Uncharted-like film without the rights could lead to problems because of Naughty Dog suing them for ripping off their IP.
        I honestly don’t care how this movie turns out but it is unbelievable how much hate gets thrown around at everyone involved in making this movie without that much information on the table. Naughty Dog is involved in this project and this guy has a record of pretty good movies on his resume. Just wait and see how it turns out.

      • If it wasn’t aimed at me, why did you directly quote my post?

      • Sorry, I actually meant to quote jayjay119’s sentence “.If you want to make an Uncharted movie, then make an Uncharted move. Don’t change everything but use the high profile name and characters while everything else is stripped away for money.”
        Both sentences start with “If you want to make…”. Sorry, got confused.

    • cc_star we have massive films that have barely any plot and are an absolute shower of shit when it comes to narrative, acting and god knows what else. To be fair, both mediums have their blockbusters.

      Obviously the film could do a huge disservice to the game and still be a great film. Sadly, the gaming world sees this going tits up very quickly.

      Might I refer you to most films from the big three during the 80s and 90s (Sly, Willis, Arnie) for a cacophony of bullets and little else. ;-)

    • actually that sounds like almost any arnie movie, apart from conan obviously, and that pumping iron film

  8. “Trust me”


    • ^_^ when someone says that, you dont

  9. What that reads to me is “It’s not going to be anything like the game, stop hassling me and just accept that I’m raping the brand for money”

  10. “You guys are playing the game, and it’s about playing the game. It’s not about a narrative embracing you emotionally.”

    So uncharted is not a game then? is Metal Gear solid not a game?
    The gameplay is only apart of the game. Single player game rely on the story to keep players interested. Heavy rain had a emotinally narrative story.
    i remeber that level in Uncharted 2 where drakes visit’s his family and briefly delays the plot.(sarcasm).

    What is it with directors adding an uneccessary family into the plot. I’m pretty sure Drake would keep his family out of his adventures as his enemies would kidnap them. Uncharted is not a family driven game. i have very little hope for this movie.:(
    i fear that film will have little to do with the game and turn into a ripoff of another adventurer.

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