The insanely epic and well-made video game has been given the greenlight to become an awesome movie! Sony, confirming that David O. Russell (Three Kings) shall be taking up the helm in directing a movie based on the Playstation 3 game. Uncharted is one of the console’s finest games and for very good reason. Mixing action and adventure in a blend that matches up to the grandeur of the Indiana Jones movies (the good ones), I’m more than justifiably excited for this news.

David O. Russell was actually supposed to be directing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but that didn’t fall thru for some unknown and presumably vague reason, but that gave him a chance to sign up for this potential gem. Sure, we all know that video game movies never tend to fare all that well when stacked against other films, but with Uncharted, there’s not only plenty of source material to draw upon, but a well crafted story and extremely likable and interesting characters.

There has not been a set release date for the movie, hell, there isn’t even a date for the starting up of production, but that’s alright I suppose, I have patience. Now all we need is someone incredible to take on the role of adventurer Nathan Drake. Suggestions?

If you want to read the Sony-press release, then here you are:

CULVER CITY, Calif., October 8, 2010 – David O. Russell (Three KingsThe Fighter) has been set to write and direct Columbia Pictures’ Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, an action-adventure based upon the bestselling PlayStation 3 game, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures.  The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad, and Alex Gartner.

The story follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “David is a tremendous choice to take on this film.  He’s equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.”

The game, developed by the acclaimed team at Naughty Dog, was one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed games for the PS3.  Named IGN’s Best Action Game and Best PS3 Game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune sold one million copies in the first 10 weeks of its release at the end of 2007 on its way to moving more than 2.6 (confirm) million copies and spawning a sequel.  That sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was a major commercial and critical success, winning Game of the Year honors from several influential critics, being named the most critically acclaimed game of the year by Metacritic, and selling more than 3.8 million copies worldwide.  Both games are among the all-time best-selling games for the platform.

The project will be overseen at Columbia Pictures by Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin.”


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