- Well, if David O. Russell won't direct Uncharted, Neil Burger is just going to have to do it. The director of The Illusionist and, most recently, Limitless, is now attached to write and direct the video game adaptation, which makes so much more sense than when we thought the director of I ♥ Huckabees was doing it.
- The 50/50 team of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonathan Levine, and Will Reiser are planning to again collaborate on Jamaica, a film to be loosely based on a Caribbean trip Rogen took with his grandma when he was 14. If you are 14 and look like a small Seth Rogen, your purpose is now clear.
- Relativity Media has bought the North American rights to market and distribute Marc Forster's Gerard Butler-starring Machine Gun Preacher. The film stars Butler as a former drug dealer turned religious crusader for refugee children, so you can forget that mental image of a cassock-wearing Leonidas with chain gun arms.
- Giovanni Ribisi is joining Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, and Michael Pena in Warner Bros.' The Gangster Squad. That's a cast, huh?
- And here's that Batmin trailer. Take a shot every time you see either bats or feet.
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- Real Genius's Jon Gries and Val Kilmer will share the screen again in Deep in the Heart, an indie film "based on true story of an alcoholic who reinvented himself as a multimillionaire businessman, with Kilmer playing a 'Christ-like figure' that guides him to recovery." Was the first step to recovery filling William Atherton's house with popcorn?
- In this interview, David O. Russell hints that he'd like Scarlett Johansson in his adaptation of Uncharted. Who wouldn't! (Pretend "adaptation of Uncharted" is a euphemism for "bed," so that that comment makes sense.)
- Cameron Diaz has joined Michael Hoffman's Coen Brothers-written Gambit remake. The original part got Shirley MacLaine a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, so Diaz is probably already counting her Kids' Choice Blimps.
- Guess who won the inaugural Harold Lloyd Award, honoring "outstanding achievement in 3-D." Of course James Cameron did. He's king of a questionably valuable technology!
David O. Russell may have joined Darren Aronofsky and Michel Gondry on the "fuck it, let's just make some summer blockbuster money" train when he signed on to direct an adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but that doesn't mean he's not going to try to keep his video game movie classy. According to Showbiz411, the Fighter director is looking at getting Mark Wahlberg (who he's worked with on several prior films) and as well as the classic team-up of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to co-star in the Indiana Jones-y film, which is said to "have something to do with antiquities dealers in New York." If Russell is successful in getting De Niro and Pesci together again, their joint résumé will read GoodFellas, Casino, Once Upon a Time in America, A Bronx Tale, Raging Bull, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, based on the hit Playstation 3 adventure of the same name, so I hope everyone's fine with that.
In keeping up with indie favorite Darren Aronofsky doing a Wolverine movie, however slim that possibility might be, argumentative director David O. Russell has reportedly signed on to write and direct an adaptation of the 2007 game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for Columbia. The PlayStation 3 game--a kind of Tomb Raider-esque action-adventure--follows protagonist Nate Drake, an imagined heir of Sir Francis Drake, as he searches for treasure and shoots guns with the help of his buddy character and babe character. Just another cinematic game that borrows liberally from films (Indiana Jones and such, in this case), itself now becoming a film that will probably inspire later generations to say, "Hey, we should make a video game like this!"
Russell taking the job of adapting it into a big budget shoot-em-up goddammer seems to be in line with his recent choice of projects, with his seemingly-by-the-books boxing uplifter The Fighter serving as a long-awaited follow-up to the offbeat comedy I ♥ Huckabees--though Columbia president Matt Tolmach promises Russell has offered "a brilliant vision" for the material and "will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation." Probably not too original or unique, though, because god knows they're going to need something generic enough to compete with Yogi Bear 2.
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