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Uncharted Creator Cool with Loosey-Goosey Movie

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The Uncharted movie sounds pretty stupid! It's about a globe-trotting family of antiques collectors that dispense treasure-hunting justice. That doesn't sound like Uncharted at all. What does Uncharted game designer Amy Henning think of the movie's concept?

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Henning told MTV that the game's developers are "protective" of the Uncharted games, just like the fans. To those who wonder if David O. Russell, who doesn't appear to have played much Uncharted, is the director for the job, Henning says we should be happy that the filmmaker behind Three Kings wants to do the Uncharted flick. Don't be so impressed with Russell, because he's made some stinkers, too.

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According to Henning, "I understand that film is a different medium to games, and I think if people are too literal about what they think an adaptation ought to be, they'll probably make a bad film...somebody's got to come in and say, Well, what is it that fundamentally works in this franchise? What's charming about the characters? And then do an adaptation that honors that in spirit without being too literal."

There's being too literal, and then there's doing something that is Uncharted in name only. If David O. Russell wants to make a film about a family of treasure hunters, dishing out justice, that's fine. But it's not Uncharted, so why feign that it is? This sounds like simple branding—Russell's gonna make the film he wants to make, and they're going to slap the name Uncharted on it to goad players into seeing it.

If you're going to make an Uncharted movie, make an Uncharted movie. Otherwise, what's the point? To make money. Oh, right. Forgot!

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i agree that movies are different, and literal interpretations arent that fun.

But take Doom for example, the film was alright i guess, pretty average, lots of shootyness, but the only way it was doom is because it had a guy named Sarge and a few other namesakes, for all intent and purpose it was just an action film called Doom. Now, if they had made an action horror film, from the perspective of one lone marine as he makes his way through the hell infested base, why wouldnt that be a good movie? for me personally Event Horizon is more of a Doom movie than that actual Doom movie itself.

the same applies here, im not contesting whether it will be a good movie, the plot seems a little odd, but ill reserve my judgement. But why is it called uncharted? if the director wants to make a movie about crime fighting treasure hunters then so be it, but why does it need to be marketed as if its Uncharted?

would you make a Mass Effect movie about a group of space haulers who fight crime? would you make a Half Life movie about a scientist who is also an investigative reporter? would you make a Red Dead Redemption movie about the trials and tribulations of a cattle rancher in the wild west?

just because the plot of the movie is tangentially related to aspects of the game, in this case old stuff (antiques/treasure whats the difference? LOL), doesnt mean its a movie adaptation of its namesake.

it just sounds like the director wants to ride the wave of an already established title to push his movie. Chances are if it was simply called 'Antiques' he'd never get the backing for it.