Director Neil Burger Updates Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
07.18.11 by Ryan
Earlier this month, director Neil Burger (Limitless) took over helming duties on Sony Pictures' adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune from David O. Russell (The Fighter) after Sony Pictures balked at Russell's unconventional script that turned the Playstation video game from a solo-led adventure to one that included a whole family of antiquities hunters.
When Burger landed the job, what wasn't clear was whether the director would use Russell's script or the initial draft from Conan the Barbarian screenwriters Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly. In a recent interview with Crave Online, Burger was quick to point out that neither script will be used.
No, I haven't seen his 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...
Starting over with the script also means that actor Mark Wahlberg, whom Russell had lined up for the lead role of Nathan Drake, won't continue with Burger at the helm, opening up an opportunity for fan-favorite Nathan Fillion.
So, you know, I think [Fillion]'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.
While comparisons to movies like National Treasure and the Indiana Jones franchise are sure to be made, Burger says Uncharted is more a "contemporary" kind of treasure hunter story.
Well, I think Indiana Jones is, you know, fantastic. The grandfather of all those movies. But I think Indiana Jones is nostalgic. 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. The Bourne Identity isn't your father's Cold War movie and 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.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is still without a release date, and likely won't get one until a new script is written.