The fan support of actor Nathan Fillion‘s desire to play Nathan Drake in the announced movie adaptation of popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was overwhelming, to say the very least. This support was equally matched by disappointment when it was revealed that director David O. Russell was casting Mark Wahlberg, the star of his latest movie, The Fighter.
Clearly this is something that fans are passionate about, as the first person of what’s sure to become many has approached Russell himself about reconsidering his casting choice. The gentleman got close enough to the director at a screening of The Fighter recently to plead his case, though it would appear that said pleas fell on deaf ears. Russell goes along with it cautiously, but as many of us have feared, it seems as if he has absolutely no idea who Nathan Fillion even is…though it is mentioned that his agent has sent him Fillion’s DVD audition.
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While Russell isn’t aware of it, every idea and every move that he’s made has been met with harsh criticism, and the outlook on the Drake’s Fortune movie so far is resoundingly poor. Along with wanting to cast Wahlberg — who many seem to generally like but strongly feel is simply the wrong choice for this role — Russell also wants to add Drake’s father and uncle as characters (with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci potentially playing them), despite the fact that they weren’t part of the actual game.
There’s still the hope that game developer Naughty Dog has a say in all of this, realizes the fan outcry, and vetoes the whole thing until someone who knows what they’re doing comes along. Perhaps someone who has at least played the games and knows that little has to be done to transfer it from game to silver screen.
Let the movement continue! The more obvious the disdain for this project as it’s shaping up becomes, the more likely someone will realize that changes are required.