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Recent Articles: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Uncharted film will get a planned release on June 10, 2016, bumping The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018.
This may come as a surprise to some, given that the production team has changed directors and writers multiple times. From David O. Russell’s weird crime family concept, with DeNiro and Pesci as Nathan Drake’s non-canonical father and uncle, to Neil Burger’s short tenure as director, the production has been stuck in development hell for a while.
This version of the film is being written by David Guggenheim, not to be confused with Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth. David Guggenheim has action credits under his belt with movies like Safe House, and Nicholas Cage vehicle Stolen. Slightly more promising is the current director Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses and the WarGames remake. More importantly for gamers, he directed the quintessential documentary about what a horrible person Billy Mitchell is (also Donkey Kong), King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
No word yet on whether or not the production team has made the right choice and decided to hire Nathan Fillion to play Drake.
Sony Pictures has made two announcements regarding their long-gestating adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, both of which seem to indicate it will be in development for a bit longer.
The first is that Neil Burger, who had replaced David O’Russell as the film’s director last summer, has now exited the project. No explanation was given for this, but seeing that two new writers have been brought in, one imagines that those involved were not happy with the current direction.
Those two new writers are the husband and wife duo Cormac and Marianne Wibberly, best known for penning the Nicolas Cage-led National Treasure franchise. Given the similar subject matter, one can almost see the complex inner workings of the producer’s thought processes.
Losing Burger is unfortunate, as his most recent film, Limitless, showed a creative visual flair that has been developing during his career. Sony Pictures, along with Atlas Entertainment and Arad Productions, are now going to wait to until the Wibberlys deliver a new draft before shopping it around to potential new directors.
If, for some insane reason, you own a PS3 and have yet to play Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Sony is giving you another chance by adding both titles to the PlayStation Store today. Hmm, I’m a PS3 owner who’s never played either, maybe this was meant for me.
Another new release that was clearly meant for me is Resident Evil Chronicles: HD Collection. The compilation bundles together The Umbrella Chronicles and The Darkside Chronicles, two light gun games that were previously exclusive to the Wii.
Sony’s not done as they’ve also added movie tie-in game The Amazing Spider-Man, food preparation sim Order Up!!, offroad racer Jeremy Mcgrath’s Offroad and PSone Classic The Little Mermaid II.
Finally, the PSP RPG Unchained Blades, which was developed by the makers of Grandia and Lunar, has been added to the PlayStation Store today.
Neil Burger, director of Limitless, The Illusionist, and The Lucky Ones, is in negotiations to write and direct the movie adaptation for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Variety has reported. David O. Russell left, citing creative differences, and it seems as though the first draft for the movie, written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, is going to be canned in lieu of whatever Burger has pitched.
This is good news for fans. Hopefully no Russell means no Mark Wahlberg, and no ridiculous storyline involving Drake’s uncle (I mean, come on, seriously?). Maybe dreams do come true for fanboys and either Nolan North or Nathan Fillion will get to play the part of Drake. Whatever the case may be, is it safe for me to say “Nathan Drake is back, baby!” yet? Well, I say that every day, so I guess it doesn’t matter either way.
Sony’s hoping to make a major franchise out of the series, starting with movies, and hopefully ending with books and, I don’t know, maybe plushy Sullivans. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves have sold almost six million copies. The next installment in the popular Naughty Dog series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, will be out November 1. I’m expecting it will sell a boatload of copies.
In a development sure to please many gamers, David O. Russell has stepped away from helming the upcoming film adaptation of the Uncharted series. Variety reports that while Russell is leaving his writing and directorial duties due to creative differences, the split is amicable. Sony is expected to look for a new writer and director to take on the project.
Russell said a lot of things about the project that made many gamers worry, from Mark Wahlberg starring as Drake, to the film focusing on Drake’s family, reimagined as a secret society of international art police. Whoever leads this thing, let’s just hope it’s somehow related to the game series.
UPDATE: Collider.com is reporting that Sony fired Russell from the project because his story ideas strayed too far from the game. Way to go Sony!
Nathan Drake (and hopefully Victor “god damn” Sullivan) will be coming to Sony’s new handheld system, the NGP. In addition to revealing that the NGP version will take place between Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Naughty Dog co-president Christophe Balestra also said that there will probably be some kind of tie-in with the upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
Balestra also said that “Uncharted NGP features a different vibe and rhythm than the PlayStation 3 games so people can play it in short bursts,” according to Eurogamer. They’re going to give us “more exploration and fewer gunfights, letting people breathe while playing.”
Sony Bend, responsible for the awesome Resistance: Retribution for the PSP, will be developing Uncharted NGP. Not only that, they’ll be working with actors, which means we’ll hopefully be getting the same quality we’ve seen in the console versions.