Much to the relief of fans, and seemingly Sony themselves, the forthcoming movie adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is getting essentially rebooted, complete with a fresh writer and director who plans to actually base the film on Naughty Dog’s game.
Brought on last month, new director Neil Burger recently spoke to CraveOnline, giving a brief update on where the cautiously aniticpated movie stands. In short: this guy appears to ‘get it’, which previous helmer David O. Russell did not.
“I haven’t seen [David's] screenplay on it. Mainly we’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame. Because there’s a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the videogame, if you know it,” Berger comments.
“It’s really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters. So, you know, there’s a lot of cool, really intense things that, if they work for the film’s story, I want to use them.”
It’s been said that Sony/Columbia want to use Uncharted as the gateway to having their own Indiana Jones series at the box office, and Berger says it definitley has those qualities.
“Well, I think Indiana Jones is, you know, fantastic. The grandfather of all those movies. … It takes place in the 1930s, and the later ones are a little bit later, and it kind of plays on that nostalgia. Whereas Uncharted is very much up to the minute, of the moment. It’s very “now” and contemporary and it has this sort of rough and very intense feel that a movie like The Bourne Identity has. It’s really up to date in its own way. …this is a very different kind of treasure hunt movie. It’s very real and it has kind of an insane, wild feeling that comes out of the character; Nate being this con man and a bit of a hustler, living by his wits,ballsy and capable of anything.“
Speaking on the ongoing Internet outcry that Nathan Fillion be given the role of Drake, Berger exclaims, “I think he’s a good actor. I think there’s a lot of really good actors who don’t even look like [Nathan Drake] who could play it! 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. Whenever that happens.“
All in all, sounds like things are heading in a better direction. There’s currently no production timeline established for Uncharted, but who knows… we might be reporting that Berger has left the project six months from now.