Neil Burger was recently approached to take the reigns of the Uncharted: Drake's Fortune film adaptation, replacing previous director David O. Russell who left the project due to "creative differences." Unlike O. Russell, Burger has no intentions of rewriting the source material, saying that he'll stick to it and even implement them if they work for the film.
"I haven't seen [Russell's] screenplay on it. Mainly we're beginning from scratch and going back to the videogame. Because there's a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the videogame," Burger told Crave Online.
"It's really one of the most cinematic videogames, and one that has really developed characters. So, you know, there's a lot of cool, really intense things that, if they work for the film's story, I want to use them."
When asked what separates a franchise like Uncharted from a classic like Indiana Jones or more contemporary films like National Treasure, Burger describes Uncharted as very "now" while at the same time "rough and very intense feel that a movie like The Bourne Identity has."
"It's really up to date in its own way. The Bourne Identity isn't your father's Cold War movie and this is a very different kind of treasure hunt movie. It's very real and it has kind of an insane, wild feeling that comes out of the character; Nate being this con man and a bit of a hustler, living by his wits,ballsy and capable of anything."
Burger is also aware of the campaign to sign actor Nathan Fillion on for the role of Nathan Drake: "You know, I think he's a good actor. I think there's a lot of really good actors who don't even look like [Nathan Drake] who could play it," he said.
"Where we are right now is that we're literally starting from scratch on the screenplay, and I think that once we finish it, then we'll go to actors and see who's available and who's right for the parts. Whenever that happens."