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I'm a big fan of the Uncharted games, and I think an Uncharted movie, if done right, could actually be very good. The games are already movie-like, and the elements for a good film are there. There's a plot full of twists and surprises, interesting locales, and fun characters.
I think it could really work. Even though there has yet to be a video game licensed movie that is generally agreed to be good, the potential is certainly there.
Besides, Uncharted itself is themed after globetrotting adventure movies in the first place. We've kind of seen the plot of Uncharted before, or at least its basic elements. It's been done in the Indiana Jones series, and one review of the first game compared it to Romancing The Stone. Having watched Romancing The Stone out of curiosity after hearing about it, I definitely see the comparison, as it does have many elements of the first game.
So, since Uncharted almost already exists in movie form, considering the legacy of movies it is imitating, it wouldn't be a huge leap to make a globetrotting treasure hunt adventure that just happens to feature Nathan Drake, Elena Fisher and Victor Sullivan, plus whoever else they meet during their travels. After all, the theme has been done before and been proven to work; we pretty much just need the characters.
Anyone agree or disagree?
edited 3rd Dec '10 8:21:55 AM by BonsaiForest
I'm sorry to break this to you, but...
edited 3rd Dec '10 9:52:26 AM by Sober-Irishman
Of course Hollywood would do something like that. There was already a great setup for a movie, and now it's being changed into something completely different. I'm disappointed but somehow not surprised. Seriously, Drake works with his friends and whatever allies he makes. Why change the theme?
At least Silent Hill was faithful to its source material. But Uncharted already has the makings of a movie, so there was far less reason to change it!
the worst part was the freaking casting. seriously Mark Wahlberg...when you have Nathan Freaking Fillion? he Looks the part and is witty. he could be the new Harrison Ford if this movie would have picked him but no David O Russel had to pick Favorites. hope this movie gets stuck in Development Hell or something.
From the game trailer that I saw, the lead looked like a good fit for Bruce Campbell.
And I don't think David O. Russell should direct. It would end up being two hours with jerks as a result.
My first thought when I saw the thread title: This should star Nathan Fillion.
My thought after reading the article: *facepalm*
I dunno about Mark Wahlberg, but honestly I don't mind what they're doing. It could be the fact that I never really cared for Unchartered (PC/Wii Gamer) but I mean, making a faithful unchartered movie would be pointless, so I can understand why they'd make so many changes.
Also, Nathan Fillion? Why should Directors pander to the fanbase so much, pandering gave us the terrible Spidey 3, X3 and the mediocre Iron Man 2 (not to mention pissing off Favreau so now Iron Man 3 will probably suck hard too sadly).
Ok, so maybe it shouldn't be called Unchartered (stupid execs and their brand recognition ideas) but either way, it's probably going to be better than the Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider ripoff that a faithful unchartered movie would be.
Also, what's with these stupid fans, I mean some guy goes and hassles the director in person about getting Fillion to star as Drake? Ultimately he only comes across as a whiny fanboy and it just makes the rest of the gaming community look like dipshits with entitlement issues.
In any case, I liked 3 kings and the fighter is apparently good as well (reeked of oscar bait to me, but huh guess it's actually good) so I really don't see the issue here.
Also Joe Pesci...this shit better be r-rated to accommodate for a good old Pesci act.
ok then. all I'm saying is that the role fits him. Fillion knew it and he Lobbied for the role. but choosing someone like Mark Wahlberg who doesn't know how to play anything but the Jerkass (at least Fillion is Jerk with a Heart of Gold) and the whole family plot...I just don't see it working. that's all
Sounds like someone hates the hype Firefly gets.
So do I
edited 22nd Dec '10 11:20:26 AM by Bowyn
cannot blame you I like Firefly, but I discovered out of pure curiosity and if I discovered it through the Internet...I wouldn't enjoyed as much as I did
Exactly, I first heard of it and watched it at a friend's house when he said it was a pretty cool show, not orgasm-inducing, not a godsend, just a pretty cool show. And I agreed. If I heard the hype people give the show here before I watched it, I probably would've avoided it.
edited 22nd Dec '10 11:54:55 AM by Bowyn
The first game is probably doable, but I can't imagine filming an action movie anywhere as mountainous as Tibet. Except if they use bluescreens for everything, but it would end up being insanely expensive.
actually it would be cheaper than the other choice...shooting in location, paying extras, buying billions of Dynamite sticks, having a script, etc.
Good news. According to IGN, Sony fired the idiot who decided that the Uncharted movie should be about Nathan Drake's wacky extended family. It was due to "creative differences", but we all know the guy's idea was fucking stupid. Hopefully we'll get a script more in tune with what the games are actually about.
I'm glad David O. Russell is off the project. He did dysfunctional families badly in The Fighter (the whole film would have ended up being two-thirds annoying family members treating the lead like shit and only one-third action) so why should he do that again? Also, the guy hates his actors and actors hate being around him. He is a ticking time bomb.
Now that he's gone he'll probably do Old St. Louis, which had potential to be one of the most troubled projects ever (it pairs Russell with the ego-driven Vince Vaughn, who loves to constantly Wag the Director and sometimes takes over projects to the point where the director becomes one in name only). It is a series of outbursts and firings waiting to happen.
As for a replacement, my choice of Sam Raimi is busy with Oz: The Great and Powerful so he's out. A Michael Mann-type wouldn't be right as he would make it too dark. A Shawn Levy/Doug Liman-type would be awful since they are talentless hacks. I could see Pierre Morel doing it though. Taken was a huge hit and he's available since Dune was shelved.
The problem with making an Uncharted movie, is that the games themselves are already designed to feel like action/adventure movies. Thus, a movie version of Uncharted would be kind of redundant.
At least that's what I've heard. I've never actually played Uncharted.
edited 30th May '11 8:34:29 PM by SorrowsNeptune
First I was like "YAY UNCHARTED MOVIE"
Then I was like "OH GOD WHAT"
And then I was like "Oh whew that was a close one."
Thanks, Sony, I knew you wouldn't be quite evil enough to let this happen. :D
Yeah, really. What the fuck is with people who feel the need to randomly change things around in a franchise, and turn it into something that only loosely resembles its namesake? Make an original story if that's what you want to do.
The director of Limitless is now attached to write and direct the film. Seeing that Limitless was surprisingly gruesome for a PG-13, we should expect a movie that's closer to an action film that what Russell was wanting to do.
edited 18th Jul '11 2:32:29 PM by Buscemi
Good news: Neil Burger is throwing out the David O. Russell ideas and will start from scratch.
Meanwhile, no new casting but don't be surprised if Bradley Cooper is offered the lead.
This post will probably be long. I shall relay the epic tale of my emotional crests and troughs in regards to this story.
1. "Hey, you know who'd be good to play Nathan Drake?" I said in the middle of playing the first game. "Nathan Fillion."
2. I learned of Fillion's drive to get cast as Drake for the movie. Heck yeah!
3. ...Then Hollywood wounds my dream by casting Mark Wahlberg instead. Nothing against him, but Fillion would have been fantastic.
4. David O. Russel is announced as the director. "But that guy's an asshole!"
5. Russel, and apparently Wahlberg, leave the project. Sanity=partially restored.
Ooh... Bradley Cooper could be good. I believe that he has the ability to play a smooth-talking, shyster kind of character. He may be a bit too overexposed by now, though. IDK why, but I like the idea of someone a bit more obscure playing Drake, unless it's Fillion.
But who should play Sully? I doubt very much that they could anyone as good as the guy that plays him in the games...
Filing should start in early 2015
edited 17th Jul '14 6:23:00 AM by Alucard
Thought this fan creation should get posted.
That was damn well done. I hope the team that makes the games gets exposed to that, to congratulate them if nothing else!
Those had absolutely nothing to do with Pandering and more to do with Studios thinking they can do a better job than the Director and Screenwriters.
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