David O. Russell Is No Longer “Uncharted”

David O. Russell (“Three Kings,” “I Heart Huckabees”) has dropped out of the running to direct the video game adaptation “Uncharted” for Sony Pictures reports The L.A. Times.

Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly (“Sahara,” “Dead of Night”) penned a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed PS3 game series which follows fortune hunter Nathan Drake and his quest for famed archaeological treasures. Though the concept sounds familiar, the smart execution and witty script often raised it above the level of many other titles of its kind.

In recent weeks the studio and producers had been negotiating for Russell to come aboard, but terms could not be agreed upon and so they’re going their separate ways. A new director is currently being sought, but the chance of a 2011 release look to have gone out the window with this news.

Russell has several prospects on the boiler including the recently announced Vince Vaughn dramedy “Old St. Louis”.