We still haven't made up our minds about whether the world really needs an Uncharted movie, and many fans have questioned whether the promised family dynamics will work on the big screen. Director David O. Russell (the man behind critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film The Fighter) has now stepped up to soothe our concerns- and to ask us to "trust" him.
Russell has rushed to assure fans that he's treating their beloved source material with the respect it deserves, but begs us to trust his instincts as a film-maker when it comes to making thematic and stylistic changes to the formula. After all, game adaptations haven't exactly set the critical world or box offices on fire- and Uncharted will need to innovate in order to stand out from the decidedly mediocre pack. It'll be an entirely different beast.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm very respectful as far as the core content and sprit of the game, but beyond that it's my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie.
People have to trust that and let that go, I think. There's not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies. - David O Russell to SlashFilm.com
Russell has produced the screenplay in collaboration with series creator Amy Henning, and will be injecting a Sopranos-esque family dynamic into the beloved Uncharted formula in order to provide some more emotional depth to the experience. Which, controversially, we don't apparently get from most games.
To grow a game into a movie is an interesting proposition because a game is a very different experience than a movie. You guys are playing the game, and it's about playing the game. It's not about a narrative embracing you emotionally. You know what I'm saying? So, I want to create a world that is worthy of a really great film that people want to watch and rewatch, so that's what I'm working on right now.
The whole 'games lacking emotional narrative' issue is an angry knee-jerk rant for another time, but for now, we'll have to sit back and watch what Russell and Mark Wahlberg come up with. [SlashFilm]
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