So you have already heard the news that an Uncharted movie is on the way, and that Mark Wahlberg been cast as the dashing, mouthy and mischievous protagonist Nathan Drake.
If however, you were wondering if the movie would be based more around the first game, or the second game or… well, any of the games then you might be in for a surprise. Speaking to Uncharted’s director David O. Russel, the LA Times discovered that the movie looks to be taking a different direction completely.
Russel had the following to say with regards to the movie:
“This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,”
He also goes on to say:
“We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now,”
“And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me.”
Well Mr. Russell, I completely agree. That sounds fantastic, but what in the hell does it have to do with the friggin’ Uncharted games.
Why base the movie on the games at all, if the games’ brand only serves to attract gamers to theaters, the very same gamers that you are going to annoy. Everyone else that you are hoping to attract has no idea that the games even exist, so why spoil the license? Just make a different movie altogether.
The Prince of Persia is a fantastic example of a fairly well budgeted adaptation that managed to maintain its own direction but still keep close enough to the source material that everyone from my gamer buddies to my parents managed to really enjoy.
Will the Uncharted movie rock or suck? It doesn’t actually matter to me anymore, because it seems pretty clear that it’s barely got anything to do with the games we all love so much anyways.
I don’t usually do this, but I saw a comment on Kotaku from one of their readers named Kevin Patrick Taylor , and I think he pretty much sums it all up:
- Horrible miscasting of actors: check
- Shamelessly ignoring source material: check
- Excising important characters while introducing unnecessary ones: check
- Transforming a beloved franchise into a vanity project: check
- Pandering to Hollywood conventions: check
- Alienating existing fanbase: check
- Your videogame adaptation is complete
Last Updated: December 2, 2010