When it was announced
that David O.Russell was going to be directing a film based on Sony's popular Uncharted videogame series, many gamers saw a glimmer of hope that perhaps we'd actually see a game to movie conversion that could break the genre's mold of mediocrity-at-best -- and that was before his latest film The Fighter received some serious Oscar praise.
Unfortunately hat glimmer has been snuffed today, with Variety reporting
that the director has parted ways with the project, describing an amicable split due to "creative differences". Further, O. Russell's split likely means that the rumoured cast that included Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci has also been scrapped, with Variety indicating that it was likely the producers would start from scratch.
One has to wonder what kind of creative differences studio executives could have that were so important as to conflict with an an award-winning director realising their vision. Let's hope they can find a good fit for a replacement, as Nate Drake deserves a chance at a proper treatment.
The PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is due on November 11th 2011. We'll have more details on the game following the E3 trade show next month.