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David O. Russel To Direct Uncharted Movie?

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Posted May 4, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Uncharted 2

You probably already knew that there is a movie version of Uncharted in "development hell" at Sony, but did you know that David O. Russel is reportedly up for the job as director?

Right now, the word from the L.A. Times' insider is that the project has a couple of screenwriters attached (Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer), some producers (including Charles Roven of Dark Knight fame) and even a projected release window (Summer 2011), but no director. That's where Russel comes in.

I'm always in favor of taking video game adaptations out of the hands of action-genre movie director hacks and giving them to interesting artists, and Russel is as interesting as directors get...

David O. Russel's filmography includes dark indie movie Spanking The Monkey, which is one of the best comedies about incest ever made, Three Kings, a fantastic, smart, action-packed war/heist movie with George Clooney and Ice Cube set during the first Iraq war, and most recently I Heart Huckabees, a quirky, comedic existential meditation on the nature of truth.

I am totally, one-hundred percent in favor of this choice of director. It obviously hasn't worked in the past to give action directors the reins to video game movies, so why not hand it off to an artsy director? No matter how you feel about Russel's movies, it's hard to deny that they're interesting flick with distinct points-of-view.

I don't know the guy, but judging by his reputation, I gotta guess Russel will not be particularly reverent to the source material and will put his own unique spin to the material. As a film-goer and a gamer, I honestly don't care. Often the things we like most about a game just don't "play" in a film, and that's part of the reason video game movies so often fail. 

Anyway, right now, it's only in the discussion stage, but if Russel (or any other director) actually signs on, I'll let you know.

Source: LA Times

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