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David O. Russell is clearly having the best year of his career to date: his latest film, The Fighter, is a major contender at the upcoming Oscars, garnering nominations for Best Director and acting nominations for his ensemble, namely Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. With the Oscar season/campaigns coming to a close, more people are asking about Russell’s next project: the live-action film adaptation of the wildly popular “Uncharted” franchise.
Russell sat down with IGN UK, telling them of his excitement for the project’s future. It’s already been circulated that Nathan Drake—to be played by Russell’s The Fighter lead Mark Whalberg— will have his family involved in the film, a family which has never been seen in the “Uncharted” games.
Russell tells IGN about the Drakes: “I think if we take that family dynamic that we have in "The Fighter," and put that in terms of a grander stage, with a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities. If you're the head of a museum, or head of state, you've got to deal with them, and they're badass…They're like the Sopranos in some ways, but they have great taste, and they have a sense of justice.”
Setting aside the fact that the Sopranos have some twisted form of justice, Russell also addresses the concerns that many fans have about a film adaptation of a video game, none of which can be called high caliber:
“I don't think that you can please everybody, but I will tell you this - I won't make it unless I can make a great movie … I want the gamers to be happy. I have total respect for the game. My kid loves playing it, I love playing it. I just want to create a world that takes it to another level, that's another amazing world that's more cinematic.”
So at least he’s a fan. He also does not seem to be shying away from the supernatural elements of the franchise, simply stating, "what's wrong with the supernatural?"
Currently, Russell is still busy doing awards press for The Fighter, but that hasn’t stopped him from dropping his desire to have Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci play a role in the film (as members of the Drake family). Recently, hints at the casting of Elena Fisher, Nate’s on-again, off-again love interest that can kick a little ass herself, have been making the rounds: Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) and Amy Adams (The Fighter) are both names that have been dropped as contenders for the role.
More than likely, we’ll have real information after the Oscars rather than video game and movie journalists trying to suck out questions during his press circuit for "Fighter," but at the rate Russell seems to be moving on getting the “Uncharted” film off the ground and talking openly about it, don’t be surprised if you wake up one post-Oscar morning to find the film fully cast.