Neil Burger Set To Steer ‘Drake’s Fortune’ From Uncharted Waters
When the news broke that David O Russell (The Fighter) had abandoned plans to adapt Sony’s PS3 title Uncharted, both genre fans and gamers everywhere sighed with relief. Gamers felt the unfamiliar proposed storyline did not do the games justice, while genre fans felt the role (initially offered to Mark Wahlberg) would be better played by such TV action stars as Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis, ThoughtCrimes) or Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle).
The latest news on Uncharted (via Variety) is that Neil Burger (he of Limitless fame) is in negotiations to both write and direct the movie. The original draft by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer was abandoned when Russell left the project citing creative differences.
The news brings hope to games and genre fans alike. It is still unknown at this point if Mark Wahlberg will retain interest in the project now that Russell has jumped ship. And if he does decide to bail, the larger question remains. Are either Joe Flanigan or Nathan Fillion’s profiles high enough to warrant consideration by Burger for the role? Their fans say yes. Nathan Fillion openly welcomed the suggestion from fans, going so far as to encourage a friendly fan campaign with the following tweet:
If ever there was a Twitter campaign, let this be it. Rise, ye Browncoats. Rise, ye Castillions. RISE!
Joe Flanigan’s management team declined to comment to Chevron One. Flanigan has also been notably absent from Twitter.
The Uncharted franchise has been a run away success for Sony and developers Naughty Dog. Uncharted: Drakes Deception, the third installment in the franchise, is due to be released in November 2011.