We already know that David O. Russell is directing an adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. We also know that Mark Wahlberg is starring in the title role, with two other characters — Nate Drake’s dad and uncle, to be specific — written with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in mind. The real question, of course: what the hell are they all doing making a video game movie?
Russell has some answers in an interview with Hero Complex, revealing all of the things that have him excited about the Drake’s adaptation:
While the video game centers on Nate Drake (a descendant of Sir Francis Drake) and his quest to find lost treasure on an island far from civilization, Russell plans on expanding the movie to include Drake’s extended family — and put them in fraught, globetrotting situations with some of the world’s most influential people.
“This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,” he said. …
“We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now,” he said. “And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me.”
For more of Russell’s thoughts on Uncharted, check out the full interview.