If you want to know why there still haven’t really been any decent movies based on video games up until now, there are a few obvious reasons, the biggest one being the lack of quality directors stepping in to bring a coherent vision to the big screen. Unfortunately, you can’t really blame great directors for not having any interest in these kinds of projects, and more often than not, when someone other than a Hollywood jobber attaches himself to a video game adaptation in Hollywood, it doesn’t last long anyway. This week David O. Russell has reportedly walked away from the live action version of Sony’s hit Playstation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune due to creative differences. Is anyone surprised? Probably not. But considering all the strange liberties that Russell had planned to take with the project, perhaps this is good news after all?
Although we probably all knew it was too good to be true, there’s a part of me that really wanted to see what David O. Russell could do with an adventure-oriented franchise like Uncharted. I’ll admit that I wasn’t too crazy about the idea of Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake, and I was mostly just confused by the idea of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci playing his father and uncle. But it certainly would have been interesting. Sadly, I have a feeling that Sony was starting to take notice of all the angry fans who were already losing faith in the project and decided to push for a more straightforward adaptation.
The problem with recruiting talented filmmakers is that they don’t like giving up creative control, and with Russell already eyeing a number of other potential projects, there’s no reason why he should waste his time fighting with studio execs over a video game movie. Word on the street is that Sony will “continue to aggressively develop” the project, but will likely start over again from scratch. So I guess this means that fans can start petitioning for Nathan Fillion all over again. Yay!!!