Mark Wahlberg is Nathan Drake in Uncharted film

In an unusual turn of events, a game-to-film adaptation is disappointing fans even before it reaches the cinema. Ever since the revelation that PS3 smash hit Uncharted would be adapted for the big screen, gamers have been buzzing with anticipation over the casting of lead role Nathan Drake.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg, with a gun.

A quick look around the internets revealed a clear favourite: Nathan Fillion, of Firefly and Castle fame (as well as being generally a nice, nerdy guy).

Today, our hopes have been crushed with the news that Mark Wahlberg will be stepping into Drake’s boots, joining writer/director David O. Russell on the project.

…and predictably, Marky Mark is a bit pleased with the decision to return to video game movies, even after Max Payne:

“David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with. The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”

So that’s one rumour squashed, but there are others surrounding the project – is David O. Russell looking to cast Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in the film too?

According to Wahlberg, that’s a resounding yes too, and he’s even got some insight into how the Hollywood pair would fit into the plot:

“I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It’s not going to be the watered-down version, that’s for sure.”

As Nathan Drake’s family don’t appear in the games so far, it looks like the film will explore the Uncharted story above and beyond the parts we’ve seen in games, which could be interesting.
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Will it be interesting enough, though? Current reactions across the internet are “mixed”, to put it politely – seems many people are disappointed with the choice of star, and a vocal minority would honestly prefer people to work on Uncharted 3 rather than any film adaptations.

As one person said, an Uncharted film without Nathan Fillion is like a remake of Buffy without Joss Whedon’s involvement… oh. Right.


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