This may be old news to some, but to me it’s new and incredibly disappointing. Mark Wahlberg has confirmed that he will play…. now get this… Nathan Friggin’ Drake. Yes, you read that right. Marky Mark minus the Funky Bunch playing one of my all time favorite video game heroes. I cannot believe this travesty. In this interview with MTV’s Multiplayer blog , Wahlberg confirms that he will be playing the hero in the film adaption of the amazing game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”. Blech. Have these people never even heard of Nathan Fillion? When someone who looks, acts, and even sounds like Nathan Drake is wanting the role (not to mention all the fans who are asking for it as well), why not give it to him? I mean, he even launched a Twitter campaign to petition for the role. What more could you ask for?
Along with him, Robert De Niro is rumored to be playing Nathan Drake’s father and Joe Pesci his uncle. Um… did I totally miss something? Did Drake’s family members appear in the game at some point? Because to my recollection, the only time someone from the Drake family line showed up, it was in mummified corpse form. Who knows? Maybe Pesci or De Niro will be able to show off their acting chops playing a dead guy. Somehow I highly doubt it.
On top of this “interesting” casting decision, according to the LA Times, the writers have apparently also decided to butcher the story line. Anyone who has played either of the “Uncharted” games knows they already have a pretty solid story line. Sure, we could use a little more background (particularly of the delicious lead character), but other than that, the story is entertaining, suspenseful, and quite adventuresome. Writers of this fine film have decided the story isn’t good enough, and want to turn it into a “National Treasure”-esque plot. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film “National Treasure” but that’s not what I’m looking for with this film.
When I found out this game was being made into a film, I was fully ready to support it. I still may see it, out of curiosity sake. Maybe they’ll do an awesome job and I’ll be eating my words. But I’m willing to bet that this won’t be the case. I have a gut feeling that I will walk away from the theater with my head hung in shame wondering why I wasted my money. This is truly just my opinion on this whole situation… why fix what ain’t broke? What do you think?