After the defiant confirmation of Microsoft’s Halo movie, Sony, or rather Mark Wahlberg, has revealed his involvement in the Uncharted film, untucking his shirt on one side to become leading man Nathan Drake. The movie is to be penned by David O. Russell whose worked with Wahlberg many times before on Gulf War, I Heart Huckebee’s and Three Kings to name but a few and should start filming summer 2011. Russell is also directing the video game adaptation with Wahlberg signing his praises to MTV: “David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with. The idea that he has is just insane.”
He may be right about the lack of sanity because according to Wahlberg, Russell is looking to include Joe Pesci Robert De Niro as the uncle and father of Drake: “I’m [Wahlberg] 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.” Considering none of Drake’s family have been a part of the game’s story begins my feeling of dubiousness. Just how far from the brilliant work Amy Henning has done with the story will Russell take his vision for Drake?
It seems Wahlberg’s starring in the flop-tastic Max Payne movie had no effect on the casting of Uncharted. He’s a great actor but one whose best at being serious whereas Drake is as comedic as he is an action hero. I’m unsure whether Wahlberg’s acting can reflect the charm and coy wit that Drake possess and is why Nathan Fillion would have been the much better fit. He even wanted to play the part and is a self-confessed lover of games, with an acting style that is a closer match to the charismatic bumblings of Sony’s major franchise hero. Such a shame.