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Following David O. Russell's departure from the seemingly doomed franchise, Sony has eagerly snatched up 'Limitless' director Neil Burger to both write and direct the adaptation of the popular video game 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune'. After the many controversial decisions made by Russell during his time on the project (changing story details, adding characters, etc), the decision to hand the reins over to Burger was made after producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner excitedly approved his pitch for the film, one that stays much closer to the plot of the original game.
The story introduces Nathan Drake, a far off descendent of famed explorer Sir Francis Drake, who sets out on an action-fueled adventure to recover the lost spoils of El Dorado with the help of his friend Sully and a journalist. While the script has gone through several hands and several drafts, Burger will be reworking it from the beginning to match his vision for the franchise and hopefully to please the millions of 'Uncharted' fans who have been begging for a feature film. Mark Wahlberg and Robert De Niro were both closely attached to the film, but their status is currently unknown as both were only brought on under Russell's insistance.
With Sony yearning to transform their successful game franchises into successful film franchises (including 'God of War', 'inFamous', 'Little Big Planet', and 'Ratchet and Klank'), how this film fares with it's legion of fans AND newcomers to the characters will likely define the future of other planned projects. No doubt this announcement will fuel the next stage of rabid fans demanding Nathan Fillion for the role, but there have been no casting announcements made just yet.