The Morning Read: Mark Wahlberg confirms he'll be hunting treasure in 'Uncharted' for David O. Russell
Welcome to The Morning Read.
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. I've enjoyed both of the "Uncharted" games, and I think they're ambitious in the way they use story animations to move from challenge to challenge, and they both feature strong performances and fun adventure and action set pieces. I don't think they are such brilliant narrative accomplishments that I'm going to get worked up about anything that Russell wants to change as he writes the script and directs the film. All I care about is the movie itself, and I'm guessing Russell isn't going to get hung up on trying to translate the game directly, and is instead focused on making a movie.
Now it looks like we know for sure that Mark Wahlberg, Joe Pesci, and Robert De Niro are part of that plan. Wahlberg just gave an interview where he makes it sound like his own participation is a done deal. When I was at the "Fighter" premiere for the AFI, I was in the row where Joe Pesci and his guests were sitting, and I wasn't sure what direct connection Pesci had to Russell or Wahlberg. Looks like this is going to be an R-rated adventure movie, because if it's not, I'm not sure why you would want to cast those two guys as the uncles of Nathan Drake.