Uncharted: Drake's Fortune rumours for big cast?
Wow, I am surprised, and you might be too, but this could mark the biggest adaptation of a videogame to film that we've seen so far. Three names are being rumoured for the film adaptation, which I frankly struggle to believe will turn out to be true, mind you we could be talking bit parts and not the leading role here.
However if the rumour is right, it signals a strong and bold move by the studio to develop this videogame, for these are big names actors being associated with the film.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was released at the end of 2007 and the game followed the hero Nathan Drake, the supposed descendant of Sir Francis Drake, who seems to have discovered the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, and it's infamous lost treasure. On his trek there he discovers there is a rival treasure hunter on the trail of the gold, and they aren't so considerate, neither are the strange mutated creatures he begins to come across as he gets closer to his destination.
According to the rumour, which comes from Showbiz411 through Latino Review, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci could be in the film, in their words “there’s a plan afoot for them to co-star” - so that's good news at least, they won't be the leading role as the character is much younger and calls for a lot of action, however they do have a rumoured name that could be taking the lead, Mark Wahlberg.
I think Wahlberg can be a complete hit or miss, there's no middle ground with him, he's either good or bad and often to an extreme, and while he worked out in Max Payne I don't think he's right for this character, do you?
David O'Russell is keeping quiet about it all, he's been developing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and last we heard on the script was that they had been waiting for Kyle Ward but were drafting in writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to rewrite while Ward was busy on other projects. However that's long passed, that was back in November of 2009, so things will no doubt have changed.
So what of these casting rumours? Well they are really loose rumours. O'Russell isn't talking and doesn't want anything slipping out, after all they aren't really adapting the videogame, they've taken the concept and run in a different direction with it, and there's not a slippage about what that script could be.
If there's even a whiff of truth in the rumour, and let's say that they are looking to Pesci and De Niro for parts in the film, however small, even if they don't get them it does suggest that this videogame adaptation is pitching itself rather high up the charts.