It’s been a wild roller coaster ride since it was announced that a movie based on the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was being made. There’s been ups like knowing a movie was coming and hearing fan-favorite Nathan Fillion wanted the lead role, and there’s been downs like finding out that Mark Wahlberg had seemingly been cast instead and that there would new characters added inexplicably.
Fans have been making their voices heard — even to the point of approaching director David O. Russell and pleading their case for Fillion — and now those fans will be happy to discover that certain things regarding the movie might not be quite as set in stone as it was feared.
In an interview with Joystiq, Justin Richmond, the director of the brand new installment in the video game series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, spoke about the rumors that have been circulating about the movie.
Richmond laughed them off, saying “First of all, all that stuff was denied by David O. Russell. He actually called us up and was like, ‘I don’t know what these guys are talking about,'” meaning that either Russell was just protecting himself or someone inflated something pretty significantly. And even though it came straight from the mouth of Mark Wahlberg himself, Richmond said that casting was nowhere near official.
No, this is not the best news possible — Walberg could very well still end up in the role. But for now, it appears that what we’ve been hearing isn’t nearly as official as it was sounding, and that’s good news. Joystiq even took the chance to remind Richmond that the overwhelming fan support was behind the casting of Fillion, to which Richmond simply responded that that message had been received.
There is still hope for those of you screaming for a Captain Mal Nathan Drake, just keep wishing it so.