Director David O. Russell will no longer be constructing the Hollywood movie adaptation of Uncharted, meaning (thankfully) no Mark Wahlberg as Drake and no extended family shenanigans with Robert De Niro or Joe Pesci.
Instead, new director Neil Burger, of Limitless and The Illusionist fame, reiterated he hasn't seen O. Russell's script and intends to start "from scratch and going back to the videogame."
"It's really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters," he told Crave Online. "So, you know, there's a lot of cool, really intense things that, if they work for the film's story, I want to use them."
Discussing Uncharted's similarities to Indiana Jones, the hotshot director differentiated the two by describing Sony' franchise as more "contemporary".
"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," he explained.
Burger also made it clear that he's aware of the online campaign where Firefly fans are lobbying for Nathan Fillion to star as leading man Nathan Drake, but said at the moment he's focusing on the script before thinking about casting.
"I think he'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."