News has slowly been surfacing about the forthcoming “Uncharted” movie, based on the hit PS3 franchise. The last confirmed information that we received was that David O. Russell, the director of movies like “Three Kings” and this year’s “The Fighter,” would be helming the project. The biggest question, however, has remained strictly in the realm of speculation: Who would be playing the hero, Nathan Drake? In an interview, Mark Wahlberg gave us our answer:
On the subject of how the “Uncharted” movie is progressing, Wahlberg confirmed that David O. Russell has started writing. “David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with,” said Wahlberg. “The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”
Recently there have been rumors that O. Russell was interested in casting Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in the film, and Wahlberg confirmed those, as well. “That’s who he wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David’s people have talked to [Robert De Niro].”
And now for the juicy bit: How would Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro fit into the storyline?
“I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It’s not going to be the watered-down version, that’s for sure.”
At this point, it’s clear that O. Russell will be exploring “Uncharted” mythos beyond what we’ve seen on the PS3, given that none of Nathan Drake’s family members have appeared in the games before. Even if they don’t manage to secure Pesci and De Niro, Wahlberg basically confirmed that he’ll be the central character of the film, which is big news. Sorry Nathan Fillion, better luck next time.