“Uncharted” Movie Adaptation Gets “Limitless” Director Neil Burger


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Just when it looked like the cinematic adventures of Nathan Drake had jumped off a cliff, it looks like a movie based on “Uncharted” may have found new life. Variety‘s reporting that Neil Burger–who helmed March’s boosted-brain-activity thriller “Limitless“–will now be taking the reins of the action-adventure adaptation. Oscar winner David O. Russell was the first announced director on the project, with Mark Wahlberg set to start as franchise hero Nathan Drake. But that iteration of the “”Uncharted” project–which fans took issue with for veering too far from the games–fell apart weeks ago.

Nothing’s been announced in terms of casting on Burger’s take. But, anyone who’s followed the ups and downs of the “Uncharted” adaptation knows there’s been a lot of hue and cry around the casting of Nathan Drake. We’ve had Nathan Fillion lobbying for the part, followed by outrage at the casting of Mark Wahlberg. With Burger attached to “Uncharted,” it stands to reason that he’ll bring along “Limitless” star Bradley Cooper, too. Cooper’s a star on the rise and has yet to take on the kind of blockbuster action role that vaults male Hollywood stars into the $20 million earner range. Plus, Cooper brings with him a significant following, including comedy lovers and female devotees who would augment the gamers who’d go to see an “Uncharted” movie. He could certainly pull off the devil-may-care attitude of Nathan Drake, and could bring that everyman affect to the screen that makes the game character so likable.

As for other roles, Robert De Niro was reportedly attached to David O. Russell’s version of “Uncharted” and he was in “Limitless,” too, so there’s a chance that he might work with Burger again. I actually think that De Niro would make a great Sully and would bring humor and toughness to the character who serves as Drake’s mentor and sidekick in the “Uncharted” games. The two “Uncharted” games that have appeared on the PlayStation 3 have been both commercial and critical hits and Sony’s been gung-ho about making a movie grown from a property that it already owns. With Burger on board, it looks like fans and movie-goers may get a globe-trotting, wise-cracking thrill ride onto the big screen after all. Meanwhile, “Uncharted 3: Drake Deception” will hit PS3s everywhere this November.

What say you, “Uncharted” fans? Does the choice of Burger excite you? What about Bradley Cooper as Nathan Drake? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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