Mark Wahlberg Talks The Fighter Sequel and Possible Uncharted Co-Stars
03.02.11 by Ryan
Mark Wahlberg doesn't want to stop working with The Fighter director David O. Russell.
Prior to the Academy Awards this past weekend, Wahlberg told Extra that he'd like to make a sequel to The Fighter.
Now we're gonna talk about doing number 2. We're gonna do the Ward /Gatti trilogy and make it real.
Wahlberg was referring to the three fights between Micky Ward and the late Canadian boxer Arturo Gatti that took place in 2002-2003. "And you know what?" Wahlberg joked to Extra's Mario Lopez, "You may want to play Gatti."
While it would be assumed that Russell would return for a second Fighter, Wahlberg is already planning to reunite with the director for an adaptation of the PlayStation 3 game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, which Russell said in December of last year would add "a family that's a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities" to join the usual protagonist of Nathan Drake (Wahlberg).
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci have been mentioned as Drake's father and uncle, respectively, but when MTV approached Russell about De Niro and Pesci's involvement, the director replied: "Hopefully."
Plus some women. Listen, there's going to be romance and sex, I promise! Otherwise, I'm not interested!
While Russell wouldn't name any of the actresses, Wahlberg did. "I think he was talking about Eva Mendes and maybe Scarlett Johansson," said Wahlberg. "But, you know, whoever he wants."
While fans of the Uncharted game may be a little put off by Russell's inclusion of a Drake family, the director promised that he would "push" the limits for the adaptation.
I don't know that they'll let me make an R-rated video game movie — it'll have to be PG-13 — but I'll show as much skin and as much language as I can at that age. And I hope they'll push the limit a little bit.
Wahlberg has said that Uncharted hopes to start shooting by this summer, but that start date, as well as the rest of the movie's casting, is unconfirmed.