NOT Uncharted Territory: Mark Wahlberg Re-Teaming with David O. Russell for Nathan Drake Movie

We know David O. Russell of “Three Kings” fame (and the upcoming “The Fighter”) will be writing and directing a big-screen adaptation of the PS3 videogame “Uncharted”, but we don’t know who is going to be playing Nathan Drake, the hero of the games, for him. Well now we do. In an interview with MTV while out promoting his “The Fighter”, the film’s star Mark Wahlberg sort of spilled the beans. HE will be Nathan Drake, and will once again be re-teaming with Russell for their third movie together.

Wahlberg tells MTV:

The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.

He also adds about some potential casting, namely re-teaming “Goodfellas” Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro:

That’s who he wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David’s people have talked to [Robert De Niro]. I’m 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.

According to MTV, this apparently means Russell’s script won’t be entirely loyal to the storylines of the two games, because Drake’s family never makes an appearance in either title. Which is probably just as well. As bestselling as the games are, most people have never even heard of it.

I like the idea of Wahlberg as Drake. He’s always much better when he’s allowed to punch and shoot his way onscreen. He’s got the type of swagger that makes those roles natural to him.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    “Max Payne” aside this could easily work. I can see Whalberg in that sort of role. Basically his character from Three Kings” with a bit of Dirk Pitt (“Sahara”) in there. Yopu’re definitely right about him being better in action films, and I think he has the personality to make it work.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    “Max Payne” aside this could easily work. I can see Whalberg in that sort of role. Basically his character from Three Kings” with a bit of Dirk Pitt (“Sahara”) in there. Yopu’re definitely right about him being better in action films, and I think he has the personality to make it work.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I actually liked Max Payne, though the notion of tiny little Mila Kunis running around as a Russian mob enforcer was utterly absurd, especially if you’ve seen the character in the videogames.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        I liked the look of “Max Payne” and I think Wahlberg was decent in the role, but everything else about the film felt off. I dont know maybe I need to revisit it. I was just underwhelmed by it.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    “Max Payne” aside this could easily work. I can see Whalberg in that sort of role. Basically his character from Three Kings” with a bit of Dirk Pitt (“Sahara”) in there. Yopu’re definitely right about him being better in action films, and I think he has the personality to make it work.

  • Atoo

    Make Nathan Fillion Play Nathan Drake….

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Was in the running, but guess he lost out. Wahlberg isn’t bad for the part though. Needs to dust off his dry wit n sarcasm though.