David O. Russell Circling Drake’s Fortune

Director David O. Russell is currently one of the names on the list of potential directors to helm Sony’s big-screen adaptation of its Playstation 3 game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”. Sony is looking at a possible 2011 release for the movie, but that seems highly unlikely, since all they have at the moment is a script from “Cowboys and Aliens” writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, but no star or director. That could change if O. Russell gets the gig.

O. Russell, the director of “Spanking the Monkey” and “Flirting with Disaster” may seem like an odd choice for a rollicking action-adventure story like “Uncharted”, but consider that he directed the visually very pleasing war movie “Three Kings” in 1999, and recently wrapped on the gritty boxing flick “The Fighter”. He’s also rumored to be taking an interest in the Natalie Portman-fronted “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.

“Uncharted” has spanned two games for the Playstation 3 so far, and follows Nathan Drake, a descendant of famed explorer Sir Francis Drake as he skips and jumps and shoots his way through the Amazon, Borneo, and Tibet (to name just a few places) to locate hidden booty. Along the way, he meets intriguing women like Elena Fisher and Chloe Frazer (below), the latter voiced by the always awesome Claudia Black of “Farscape” fame. Here’s hoping they look up Claudia for the live-action movie.