By Irene Lee
The film adaptation of "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" has been getting a lot of buzz lately, especially since Mark Wahlberg confirmed exclusively to MTV that he's set to star as adventurer Nathan Drake. David O. Russell is currently writing the script and will direct the film, which marks the fourth time he and Wahlberg have teamed up to make cinematic magic happen.
Last week, Wahlberg also revealed to MTV that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were being courted to play his father and uncle, respectively, in the film -- and interesting bit of news considering Drake's family plays no part in the "Uncharted" video game. Well, thanks to some new "Uncharted" details that have emerged, we finally know why the normally solo drake is getting some relatives.
Russell, who's halfway done with the "Uncharted" script, told the LA Times that although the video game focuses on Nathan Drake and his quest to find lost treasure, he wants to expand the movie to include Drake's family coming along for the adventure. Enter De Niro and Pesci. "This idea really turns me on that there's a family that's a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities... [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice," he said.
No stranger to portraying dysfunctional families on the big screen, Russell sees his previous films, such as "Flirting with Disaster" and "I Heart Huckabees," influencing him on the "Uncharted" script. "We'll have the family dynamic, which we've done in a couple of movies now," he said. "And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That's a really cool idea to me."
Fans can rest assured that "Uncharted" won't be another "run-of-the-mill" video game based movies. Wahlberg, who has already starred in one video-game adaptation ("Max Payne"), told 24 frames that he believes "Uncharted" will be a world away from the others. "To me what a lot of those other movies lack is the level of character and heart," he said.
With a unique focus on family, let's hope that Russell and Wahlberg can bring something new to the table... along with the explosions, action and adventure we're banking on, of course.
Are you excited that "Uncharted" will be a family affair, or would you rather Nathan Drake go it alone?