Looks like Nathan Drake is hanging by a thread. David O. Russell (The Fighter) has walked away from
Sony's upcoming adaptation of the smash video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. After having his "Fighter" star Mark Wahlberg cast as hero Nathan Drake, momentum on the adaptation seemed strong on Russell's part. He sought a story that focused on not only Drake, but his extended family (not present in the games) as a "family that's a force to be reckoned with" in the arts and antiquities circles. He came up with some interesting casting rumors in the process that included Robert DeNiro (Nate's father), Joe Pesci (Nate's uncle) and Amy Adams (Elena Fisher).
It's been said that he submitted a 200-page script (huge, by screenplay standards) to Sony that largely broke away from the format, story and characters of the game series; leading to a splitting of ways between the (volatile) director and Sony. Now it sounds like the studio is more keen on the original draft by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian), scrapping most of what Russell had planned for the adaptation. No word on whether or not Wahlberg remains attached to play Nate Drake, but we wouldn't hold our breath. Perhaps there is hope for Nathan Fillion to restart his Twitter campaign to play Drake.
What say you, loyal readers? Who can direct an adaptation of the "Uncharted" series?