Someone’s making up lies. And on the internet, of all places. The one source in the universe where only truths are told. In an interview with Joystiq, Uncharted 3’s Game Director, Justin Richmond, told the website that David O. Russell never planned for the Uncharted film adaptation to feature a "family dynamic." Richmond even goes on to say that Russell personally called Naughty Dog after the news broke, saying, ‘I don’t know what these guys are talking about."
What makes this whole situation even more puzzling is the fact that the L.A. Times, the original publishers of "family dynamic" news, used direct quotes from Director David O. Russell in their write-up. In fact, let’s take a look at Russell’s original quote from the L.A. Times pieces, something we also reported on (and ranted about) back in the beginning of December.
"This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice….We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now," he said. "And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me."
Russell seems pretty clear in what he’s saying, does he not? So either the L.A. Times made up quotes to stir up controversy, or Russell and the rest of the crew working on the Uncharted film are now back-tracking on their original concept due to poor fan reception. Which do you think is more likely?
Uncharted 3’s Game Director Justin Richmond also mentions in the same interview with Joystiq that the casting of Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake is not set in stone either. The casting is, thus far, completely internet buzz and speculation. Well, someone needs to tell that to Mark Wahlberg, who seems dead-set to star as the lovable rogue, Nathan Drake.
When more news drops to shed better light on this drama, we’ll let you know.