Neil Burger is currently in negotiations to write and direct the feature film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune video game for Playstation 3.
Sony had originally hired David O. Russell of The Fighter fame for the project, and Russell in turn had set his sights on Mark Wahlberg to play Nathan Drake, the title character. Russell recently abandoned the project citing “creative differences” with Sony over the story penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
Many fans, myself included, view Nathan Fillion as the perfect Nathan Drake. He looks and acts the part in many of his projects, especially Joss Whedon’s Firefly. It’s unclear right now whether Wahlberg is still interested or attached to the role with Russell gone.
Fillion had previously campaigned hard via social media for the role of Nathan Drake. If Burger comes on board, he could potentially take to the web again and try to gain the attention of the writer/director.
Burger recently found success directing this spring’s action thriller Limitless starring Bradley Cooper. He also wrote and directed The Illusionist.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune follows Nathan Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, into the jungles alongside his friend and a journalist to find the lost treasure of El Dorado. Since the game was released in 2007 and its sequel, Among Thieves, in 2009, it has become one of Sony and Playstation 3’s most successful franchises. The next game on Playstation 3, Uncharted: Drake’s Deception, is due in stores this November.