The web is abuzz with the confirmation from Mark Wahlberg that he will take the lead in David O. Russell’s video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. “I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do,” the star of Russell’s The Fighter told MTV News. “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.” He also added: “Say hello to ya mother for me.” (He didn’t, but in my mind he did.) This has sent the movie blogosphere into a feeding frenzy over the thought of Wahlberg, who is no stranger to video game fare, as Nathan Drake.
Vince at FilmDrunk points out that De Niro may be a tough grab:
Today, weird gets EVEN WEIRDER, as Mark Wahlberg has confirmed that he’ll star, and that they’re trying to bring on Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci, though getting DeNiro might be a long shot, what with his recent re-dedication to quality cinema like Little Fockers.
Drew McWeeny at HitFix seems all in for Russell’s vision, regardless of these new developments:
I am heartily looking forward to whatever David O. Russell’s “Uncharted” is going to be, because I’ll tell you what it absolutely won’t be: any video game movie we’ve seen so far.
Russ Fischer at /Film brings some logic to the situation, citing the fact that Russell has been able to bring out the best in the hit-or-miss world of Wahlberg:
Seems natural that, for his biggest film yet, Mr. Russell would want an actor with whom he’s got a strong working relationship. And there’s the fact that the Russell / Wahlberg pairing has led to some of the best work of the actor’s career, so hopefully this will be good news for Uncharted.
And finally, Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon gets to the heart of the issue:
It almost sounds like Wahlberg is excited this may be everything the dreadful Max Payne wasn’t.
For those who feel similarly about Max Payne, that could be cause for optimism. Not being familiar with the Uncharted games leaves me at a disadvantage. The good news is that Russell and Wahlberg have made several quality films together — Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and now the much-anticipated Oscar contender The Fighter. The hope here is that it will be, as Drew McWeeny said, a video game adaptation unlike any others we’ve seen before.
What do you think of Mark Wahlberg hunting down El Dorado as Nathan Drake?