David O. Russell's decision to drop the Uncharted movie adaptation was met with equal amounts of apathy, relief and a little disappointment... as well as a big surprise when Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) was stepping in to fill the role. In his latest interview, Burger has announced that he'll be throwing out the script and getting back to the game itself for inspiration, which is great news since he's a massive fan of Naughty Dog's franchise. Oh, and he hasn't ruled out Nathan Fillion just yet. Don't stop believing.
Speaking to Crave Online, Burger was keen to confirm that he'll be starting from scratch on a new screenplay based on the "cool, really intense" things that Uncharted has to offer. He's played the games to destruction, and plans to integrate as much of the characterisation and big-budget thrills as possible.
I haven’t seen [David O. Russell's]screenplay on it. Mainly we’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame. Because there’s a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the videogame, if you know it…
It’s really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters. 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.
When asked about whether he'd bow to the fan movement to cast cult actor Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, Burger admitted that the Firefly and Castle star is a good actor... but there are plenty of other unknown quantities to consider. There's a long road ahead before casting can begin, and we'll hear more down the line.
So, you know, 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.
While we love Nathan Fillion... in a sexual way... we also feel that fans should probably lay off for the time being. He's a TV actor with a great sense of humour and a love of gaming - but there's a world of difference between cult television and multi-million dollar film projects. To be honest, the decision will probably come down to how much Burger likes Castle...