David O. Russell's Uncharted Script No Longer Being Used For The Movie
Now yesterday I reported that director David O. Russell stepped down as the director for Sony's adaption of the popular video game franchise Uncharted, but now they won't use any part of Russell's script due to them hating his vision just as much as the fans of the game series. Also potential star Mark Wahlberg MAY be exiting as well....
Now that David O. Russell's exit is finalized, fans have rejoiced that the man who was going to make the Uncharted video game adaption a family fueled adventure/drama was no longer making the anticipated film. But even if a director exits, it is not unheard of for studios to still use any script left behind (ex. David O. Russel exited Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but they will still be using his script even with new director Craig Gillespie).
Well LA TIMES 24 FRAMES BLOG is reporting that Sony will be starting with an earlier draft of the script, and hiring new writers:
"Russell had already turned in a script, but it was a script so long and so ambitious that it was at least partly responsible for the studio and him parting ways, according to two people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to talk about it publicly.
"Among the many flourishes Russell had added were a bevy of characters not in the video game. (The director had given hints of this in December when he said he loved the idea of a “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.” The game centers on a lone adventurer, Nathan Drake.)"
The studio will be on the hunt for new writers to work of an earlier (and hopefully more faithful) script done by the two writers behind this August's reboot of Conan The Barbarian.
Also fear not fans, because the movie may also ditch Wahlberg too, the actor was expected to take the lead role due to a partnership and friendship with Russell, though being considered by many fans to be wrong for the role. Which means fan's choices like Nathan Fillion, Jensen Ackles, and Josh Holloway are still POSSIBILITIES.
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