Posted on February 1, 2011, Ross Lincoln David O Russell Wants Scarlett Johansson In The Uncharted Movie?
Look, David O Russell’s ‘Uncharted’ movie is never going to happen, ever. I’ll return to that point in an upcoming post, but for now I want you to keep that inevitable, cosmic fact of life in mind as we discuss the latest
crazed surprisingly not-so-crazed(!) ramblings to drop out of his fevered imagination.
David has recently given a fairly interesting interview to Empire Online concerning, mostly, the impressive 7 Oscar nominations The Fighter has received. But of course, EO is staffed full of dorks like me, and they made sure to ask him about the increasingly terrible sounding adaptation of Uncharted that everyone is still pretending will be his next movie:
What is the situation with your Uncharted movie script? It seems such a natural game to turn into a movie…
The game is very cinematic; there’s no question about it. That’s what I’m working on real hard and I’m writing it as we speak and I’m really excited to make it. I’d love Mark to be in it, I’d love Bob De Niro to be in it; I love the idea of growing them into a cinematic family; I think that’s a really cool idea, but… I guess you’ll have to wait until you see the script.
Setting aside the blatant obsequiousness in the second part of that question, this answer is a bit headscratchy. On the one hand, Marky Mark wasn’t talking out of his funky bunch – ‘Bob’ Deniro is apparently really being considered for some unspecified part. Yucko. But the thing that really stands out for me here is that that Wahlberg doesn’t sound as confirmed as we’ve been led to believe. Saying “I’d love to” do something isn’t the same thing as saying “I’m going to”. I think we can take this as confirmation that no contracts have been signed. Nathan Fillion fans, this might be your reprieve.
However, the real shizz here is that David O Russell is also turning his attention to Nathan Drake’s mostly-love interest, Elena:
What thoughts do you have about the love interest, Elena?
Ah, Elena. I’ve cultivated her quite a bit and I think I’ve added a lot of dimension to her so that’s all I’m going to say. I love the woman characters and the more robust they are, the more robust the movie.
I actually agree with the most of that sentiment, but when I see ‘I’ve cultivated her quite a bit’ and ‘added a lot of dimension’, I begin to fear details like ‘tragic backstory’, and ‘Jennifer Connelly in Blood Diamond’. And then I read this:
From watching The Fighter, we would love Amy Adams to play Elena…
Oh I would love that too, I love Amy. I also love Scarlett Johansson; there’s a lot of great actors I think might suit. Hopefully, we’ll see how it works out with everybody who are being scoped to do that role…
FWIW, it does kind of look like she can look the part.
I can hear some of you crying about this one, and it is very true that Scarjo doesn’t have the best track record with Action films. Really, seriously. It’s also true that Russell does not suck at picking actors, and Scarlett Johansson is excellent (her work with Woody Allen, Sophia Coppola and Terry Zwigoff speaks for itself.) I’ve no idea whether or not she can withstand Russell’s legendary mean streak, and I still think everything we’ve heard about the plot and characters sounds terrible. But of all the weird Uncharted movie news we’ve so far heard, this is the very first time I’m actually kind of interested.
I’ll be weighing in later on why I don’t think this disaster is going to ever happen, but if it does? You could do a lot worse than ScarJo. In the mean time, here’s a reminder that Russell is cloudcoocooland insane, and to take everything he says with a large grain of salt.
DOR has some interesting comments about the success of The Fighter, and the whole thing is worth a read.