David O. Russell Making Video Game Movies Now

October 11, 2010

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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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