Nathan Drake has been shot at, dropped from heights, in train crashes, plane, crashes–you name it. But it seems like his greatest challenge will be making the leap from consoles to the big screen.
First director David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) made his exit from the planned Uncharted movie and now Limitless director Neil Burger has handed in his notice to Sony Pictures.
Since the movie was announced back in 2010, the studio has had to deal with not only scheduling with its first director but fan outcry over plot details (Russell was looking to make Drake part of a family of treasure hunters) to casting (Mark Wahlberg was being eyed for the lead role). When he made his exit last year and Neil Burger was brought on, that should have kept things going but with The Illusionist’s director taking a walk, it looks like Sony is back at square one, retooling the script with writers with the writing team of Marianne and Cormac Wibberley. Those two were responsible for National Treasure (hey, knock ’em but they made money for Disney) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (no excuse).
With the Wibberlys on board and given their track record, are Sony looking for a more family-friendly version of Nathan Drake? And who’s going to be the next director to sit in the director’s chair? Right now, it feels like the studio is really just trying to figure out what to do with this particular property and it could be another couple of years before we see anything actively happening with it.
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