David O. Russell off DRAKE’S FORTUNE for good
After quite a bit of back-and-forth and off-and-on, Variety's Showblitz blog is reporting that David O. Russell has parted ways with Columbia Pictures' big screen adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, based on the first entry in the PlayStation 3 video game series from game developer Naughty Dog.
The film was set to reteam Russell with his THE FIGHTER/THREE KINGS star Mark Wahlberg, who was set to play modern-day treasure hunter, and supposed descendant of the explorer Sir Francis Drake, Nathan Drake. No word on if Russell's departure means Wahlberg is out as well. There were also rumors of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci playing father and uncle to the character to add in a "family dynamic."
It was just those choices that could have led Russell and the production to go their separate ways. Word is that the director/writer/producer left the project due to creative differences. Color me shocked. Thus, we may be getting a whole new group of talent on this one, with a total rewrite of the script. Something I'm sure that will make the diehard fans of the popular game series happy, as they have been quite vocal about their disagreements with Russell's choices thus far (namely casting Wahlberg over fan favorite Nathan Fillion).
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.