A few weeks ago came word that “Limitless” director Neil Burger was set to take over the film adaptation of video game series “Uncharted”. Now, speaking with CraveOnline, Burger confirms that previous helmer David O. Russell’s plans for the project have been scrapped.
“We’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame … 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” he says.
Burger is obviously a fan of the Nathan Drake character and talked a bit about the tone – “‘The Bourne Identity’ isn’t your father’s Cold War movie and this is a very different kind of treasure hunt movie. It’s very real and it has kind of an insane, wild feeling that comes out of the character; Nate being this con man and a bit of a hustler, living by his wits, ballsy and capable of anything.”
Asked about online fan favourite Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”) being cast as Drake, Burger says “I think he’s a good actor, [but] 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.”