Director David O. Russell has talked openly about his ideas for the Uncharted movie, and fans of the game franchise have responded with open skepticism. Russell recently talked about his experiences with the game in an interview, in response to those criticisms.
“My son plays most of the games in our house, and I will play them with him but I m not hardcore,” said Russell. “I’m not going to present myself as hardcore. But I played the game a bunch of times and I also read as much as I could about the game and I met the game s creator, Amy Hennig, who s really cool. I started to brew together what I thought could be a really cool idea that I d never seen in a film before Really intense action and really intense family dynamics on a global stage.”
“To grow a game into a movie is an interesting proposition because a game is a very different experience than a movie,” he added. “You guys are playing the game, and it s about playing the game. It s not about a narrative embracing you emotionally. You know what I’m saying? So, I want to create a world that is worthy of a really great film that people want to watch and rewatch, so that s what I m working on right now.”
Along with the general themes of the film, casting Mark Walberg as Nathan Drake has also rankled some fans. Russell, however, is trying to take this all in stride. “As far as I’m concerned, I m very respectful as far as the core content and spirit of the game, but beyond that it s my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie. People have to trust that and let that go, I think. There s not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies, that stand up to time as a franchise or as [individual films].”
“I personally think it s really cool when you see that someone like Darren Aronofsky is going to make an X-Men movie or to get someone such as myself to make this picture. You can be guaranteed that it s going to be real, it s going to be raw, it s going to be intense, it s going to be original, and it s going to be propulsive. And those are all the things that I want when I go to watch a movie like that,” he concluded.