David O. Russell Explains What He’s Going For on the Uncharted Movie
David Chen over at /Film talked to David O. Russell. They talked about many things, but Chen couldn’t resist, of course, asking him how he feels about all the fanatics out there (like Phil Hornshaw and Ross Lincoln) telling him, a long-established, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, how to do his job on the scheduled Uncharted movie. And here’s part of what he said:
As far as I’m concerned, I’m very respectful as far as the core content and sprit of the game, but beyond that it’s my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie. People have to trust that and let that go, I think. There’s not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies, that stand up to time as a franchise or as [individual films]. I personally think it’s really cool when you see that someone like Darren Aronofsky is going to make an X-Men movie or to get someone such as myself to make this picture. You can be guaranteed that it’s going to be real, it’s going to be raw, it’s going to be intense, it’s going to be original, and it’s going to be propulsive. And those are all the things that I want when I go to watch a movie like that.
He says more, but you’ll have to click through for the rest. (Which you should do, because he kinda takes a shot at games in there.)
Now, I know I’ve harped on this before, and I’m sure I will again; I probably like Uncharted more than you do, and it’s very important to remember that the games are, thanks to Amy Hennig and Naughty Dog, a greater experience than anything we can get out of an Uncharted movie.
But on top of that, Russell is absolutely right. And think about this: if, say Shawn Levy had been hired to make this movie, you would know it would be terrible and a bad adaptation. With Russell, though, you may or may not get exactly what you want going in to an Uncharted movie, but you will get a good movie, and it will be better than whatever you could come up with.