After the Uncharted movie began what seemed to be a spiraling fall into a never-ending black hole with director David O. Russell obliviously ignoring the core of the franchise, newly appointed director Neil Burger is on a clean slate and “starting from scratch.”
“Mainly we’re beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame. Because there’s a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the videogame, if you know it,” said Burger during an interview, with that “actually” possibly implying that Burger has actually played the games.
“It’s really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters. So, you know, there’s a lot of cool, really intense things that, if they work for the film’s story, I want to use them.”
When talking about the film, Burger referenced films that have, in one way or another, made their mark in cinematic history, including Indiana Jones and The Bourne Identity.
“I think Indiana Jones is nostalgic. It takes place in the 1930’s, and the later ones are a little bit later, and it kind of plays on that nostalgia. Whereas Uncharted is very much up to the minute, of the moment. It’s very ‘now’ and contemporary and it has this sort of rough and very intense feel that a movie like The Bourne Identity has,” he said. “This is a very different kind of treasure hunt movie.”
Finally, and much to Nathan Fillion’s expectations surely, Burger commented on the actor and the online riot he caused when trying to get the role of Nathan Drake.
“That was brought to my attention. So, you know, I think he’s a good actor,” adding that once the screenplay is finished, the focus will turn on auditions and trying to cast the right people for the right parts.