Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Neil Burger Not using any of David O Russel's Work

Yesterday, Crave online posted a segment of an interview they did with Neil Burger, the new director of the Uncharted movie. In it, he described how the whole process is going to be started again.

CRAVE Online: Are you going to be keeping a lot of David O. Russell’s work…?

Neil Burger: No, I haven’t seen his screenplay on it. Mainly we’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame. Because there’s a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the videogame, if you know it…

CRAVE Online: Yeah, I’ve played them all.

Neil Burger: It’s really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters. 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.

This means a new script to be written and new casting, so it looks like no more Mark Wahlberg for Nathan Drake.

He also seems to show a deep understanding of what makes the source material so prime to be made into a movie. I showed my happiness when the news of David O Russell leaving hit, since his idea seemed to have very little to do with the game. Neil Burger's treatment, though at a very early stage, sounds very much like he knows what he's doing and doesn't want to just make his own story, taking only character names. I have to say, I'm looking forward to the end product.

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