Last week we learned that Mark Wahlberg was set to take on the lead role in the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The film will be written and directed by David O. Russell and possibly co-star Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci as Drake’s extended family. If that doesn’t sound like a volatile group of characters we don’t know what does. Russell recently spoke with 24 Frames about his vision for the film and unveiled a few minor details.
The Uncharted video game centers on Nathan Drake and his search for the golden city of El Dorado in the Amazon. There’s lots of action, plenty of adventure, and more than a fair share of deaths along the way. Russell plans to take that premise and expand it a little more.
“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…. We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now. 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.”
It sounds like he’s trying to make this a real family affair. We wonder if De Niro and Pesci will be packing as much heat as Wahlberg in this movie?
What do you think of Russell’s idea for the film?