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David O. Russell's adaptation of Uncharted turned some heads in the gaming world, partially for its casting of Mark Wahlberg in the starring role of Nathan Drake. Russell has since left the project, and new director Neil Burger says he's starting from scratch. In this case, it means turning back to the source material for inspiration.In an interview with Crave Online, Burger explains that there doesn't necessarily need to be a hard line between the Uncharted games and the movie. "It’s really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters," he says. "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."Later, Burger was asked if he'd heard about the online campaign to put geek magnet Nathan Fillion into Drake's soaking-wet shoes. "I’ve seen a little bit of that, yes," he replied. "That was brought to my attention. So, you know, I think he’s a good actor. 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."
If he's looking for more inspiration during the casting process, we'd like to humbly point out a few of our suggestions.
Burger wrote the screenplay for and directed The Illusionist, and most recently directed Limitless.
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