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Uncharted movie 'going back' to the game

New Uncharted movie director Burger won't follow the footsteps of his predecessor and will, instead, focus on what actually makes the series so beloved by its fans.

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Fans were up in arms when they heard about David O. Russell's Uncharted film adaptation about a family "that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice." Just like in the games! Right?

Since then, Russell has left the project, with Neil Burger taking over the Hollywood adaptation of Naughty Dog's adventure series. Thankfully, Burger won't follow the footsteps of his predecessor and will, instead, focus on what actually makes the series so beloved by its fans. "There’s a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the videogame, if you know it."

Apparently, Russell's original screenplay is being completely thrown out, affording Burger with the freedom to adapt the film more closely with the original games. "We’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame," he told CraveOnline.

Since Russell's departure, many have wondered if Mark Whalberg would continue to be attached to the project as lead character Nathan Drake. It appears that everything is up in the air, including the possibility of casting fan-favorite Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly) for the role. "That was brought to my attention. So, you know, I think he’s a good actor," Burger responded. "I think there’s a lot of really good actors who don’t even look like [Nathan Drake] who could play it!"

Don't expect a decision to be made any time soon, though. The newly restarted project is barely in its infancy. "Where we are right now is that we’re literally starting from scratch on the screenplay, and I think that once we finish it, then we’ll go to actors and see who’s available and who’s right for the parts."

(via Gamasutra)

From The Chatty

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    July 19, 2011 3:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Uncharted movie 'going back' to the game.

    New Uncharted movie director Burger won't follow the footsteps of his predecessor and will, instead, focus on what actually makes the series so beloved by its fans.

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      July 19, 2011 3:41 PM

      Good


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      July 19, 2011 3:48 PM

      The game is so very much "Indiana Jones", this will be easy.

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        July 19, 2011 3:49 PM

        They said the same thing about Indiana Jones IV

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          July 19, 2011 4:25 PM

          I couldn't help but feel that in someways they lost sight of what made the originals great. Also didn't really care for the massive amounts of CGI used.

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            July 19, 2011 5:05 PM

            It was a quick money grab to make #5. Shameful truth, but not unexpected.

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          July 19, 2011 5:28 PM

          Awesome movie.

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            July 19, 2011 7:31 PM

            You should really see the first 3, they are are much, much better

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            July 19, 2011 8:47 PM

            Awesome like a colossal train wreck.

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      July 19, 2011 4:27 PM

      If they're going to do it Nathan Fillion seems would be a much better choice than Mark Whalberg.

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        July 19, 2011 4:28 PM

        Here Here! I'll raise a glass to the film with Nathan Fillion.

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          July 19, 2011 5:06 PM

          I'd have to agree. How many things have I watched because, "Oh, there is that guy from Firefly/Castle, this should be fun." and how many Mark Wahlbeg movies have I not seen? I mean, I should watch The Fighter, but I dunno, just not in the mood for Oscar bait.

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            July 19, 2011 6:20 PM

            Just hearing Marky Mark's Southie accent as Drake would make my skin crawl.

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        July 19, 2011 4:52 PM

        Agreed. Fillion's the only man for the job.

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        July 19, 2011 4:52 PM

        Too old. Too fat.

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          July 20, 2011 12:28 AM

          srsly whats with the hardon people have for him

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        July 19, 2011 5:57 PM

        *Cue Giant Bomb rant about people begging for Nathan Fillion*

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        July 19, 2011 8:48 PM

        I haven't seen recent shots of him but if he still looks like Mal in Firefly than he should get the role. With darker hair, he really does look like Drake and he can do the wisecracking attitude.

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      July 19, 2011 5:36 PM

      Nathan Fillion is probably too old. I'm voting for James Roday of Psych fame.

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        July 19, 2011 5:41 PM

        He's the same age Harrison Ford was when Raiders of the Lost Ark came out

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          July 19, 2011 5:47 PM

          Except, you know, this is Uncharted. Not Indiana Jones.

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            July 19, 2011 5:58 PM

            Except it's just a movie and a game and I don't even think Drake's age is mentioned.

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        July 19, 2011 6:28 PM

        holy crap he's 40? i had no idea.. O_O

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        July 19, 2011 6:57 PM

        Fillion is actually 3 months younger then Wahlberg, if he slimmed down a little which he definitely would for a part like that he would look even younger

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          July 19, 2011 7:30 PM

          The problem is he LOOKS old. I think the time has passed on him playing that role, especially when it would probably be a decade long franchise (if a success). I don't really want to see a 50 year old Fillion playing Nathan Drake.

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      July 19, 2011 6:17 PM

      Matt Bomer from White Collar and also Bryce on Chuck would be my vote.

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      July 19, 2011 7:50 PM

      lets get real. uncharted storytelling is pretty good for a game, but if it was a movie, itd be a b-movie

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        July 20, 2011 12:45 AM

        It would be Indiana Jones with a mid twenties douchebag, yeah.

        But you know the movie doesn't have to be written the way the game is. A good writer would look on this as an opportunity to write an unofficial Iindy 4 that is actually fun and has some of that freshness and zest to it that the old movies had.

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      July 20, 2011 12:42 AM

      LOL, a bit of a coincidence with Nathan Fillion (Firefly) considering this - http://www.gametrailers.com/video/uncharted-2-hawp/59110?type=flv

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      July 20, 2011 4:59 AM

      If this is successful, what I would love to see is an Uncharted, Tomb Raider cross over movie. That would be movie gold!