Does Uncharted’s Film Director Know What He’s Doing?

by Ben Reeves on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:00 AM

David O. Russell is a fine filmmaker. He’s been nominated for an Oscar for his work on The Fighter. And some of this other films, like I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings, weren’t too bad either. However, since Russell has been tapped to helm the Uncharted film, we have to wonder if the director knows the source material well enough?

Russell’s recent interview with IGN left us a little wary. “I think if we take that family dynamic that we have in The Fighter,” said Russell, “and put that in terms of a grander stage, with a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities. If you're the head of a museum, or head of state, you've got to deal with them, and they're ***.”

A “crime family that metes out justice?” I don’t remember that part of Uncharted. Some of what Russell says is accurate, but it almost sounds like the director was given a one-page synopsis of the first two games’ stories.

Later in the interview Russell makes comparisons to the Sopranos. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are also rumored to be in the film. Could they be part of Nathan Drake’s “criminal family”?

What’s going on here?

We have a feeling that Russell’s Uncharted movie will be a fun film, but will it really be an Uncharted movie? Since the movie industry tends to disrespect our medium, this doesn’t seem like an unreasonable concern.