David O. Russell Drops Out of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
05.27.11 by Ryan
In what seems to be a common occurrence, director David O. Russell (The Fighter) has dropped out of another project. Russell left his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies last October, and now has dropped out of the adaptation of the PlayStation 3 game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
Russell was first announced as the writer and director of Uncharted last October, in what seemed like a curious choice to game fans. In another surprising move, Mark Wahlberg was soon cast in the lead role of video game character Nathan Drake, which left fans with visions of Max Payne.
The next concern for fans came when Russell confirmed a "family dynamic" in his script which reportedly would include Robert De Niro as Wahlberg's father and "Joe Pesci as his uncle. No such family existed in the video game series.
In January, Wahlberg confirmed himself, De Niro, and Pesci in the cast and revealed that the movie would "hopefully be going to shoot it in the summertime." It looks like Uncharted is going to miss the summer start.
Deadline reports that Russell is no longer "developing" Uncharted and has "stepped out" of the project. No reason was given for Russell's departure, though Sony Pictures will reportedly find a new writer for the movie.
The LA Times reports that Russell's draft was long and went "in a different direction than studio Sony wanted." It also included a variety of characters that were not from the game.
According to the report, it's not likely that much of Russell's script will remain as a new writer and director will be hired to "work off an earlier draft" written by Conan the Barbarian screenwriters Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly. This is probably welcome news for game fans, who were nervous about what Russell's script was planning.
Russell's exit also means that Wahlberg likely won't star in the movie. However, the actor and director will reunite in another project. Vulture reports that they will pair for an adaptation of The Silver Lining Playbook, based on the 2008 novel by Matthew Quick. Wahlberg will play a delusional high school teacher who is released from a mental institution into the custody of his mother and attempts to win back his ex-wife. Playbook could be Russell's next movie.