Back in August, the LA Times reported that David O. Russell, the director previously attached to the film adaptation of Uncharted, was no longer under consideration for the job, and that the movie would likely miss its 2011 release date. Fans of the game were unhappy, but potential cast members were probably relieved to find out that the film wouldn’t be directed by a raving lunatic who has been known to insult, harass, and occasionally fight his cast and crew. Today, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Russell has signed back on to the film, and will bring his unique directorial style to the project.
Russell will apparently be pushing off his other project, the film remake of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, to work on Uncharted. Producer Matt Tolmach explained Columbia Pictures’ decision to bring Russell back; “David is a tremendous choice to take on this film. He's equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.”
No mention is made of whether or not the movie is now expected to make that 2011 release window, but bringing the original director back on board has to help its chances. Obviously, no casting has been done for the film yet, but my guess is that it won’t involve George Clooney or Lily Tomlin. Instead, I expect David Boreanaz or Nathan Fillion to soon reveal stories about how they had to put this jackass in a sleeper hold to get him to act right. Seriously, I wouldn't mess with either of those guys.