Joystiq has posted an interesting interview with “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” game director Justin Richmond, who denies that Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune movie director David O. Russell previously said the adaptation would feature a “family dynamic.”
Russell was quoted by the Los Angeles Times that the movie would expand from the game to include Nate Drake’s extended family. “This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities… [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,” he reportedly said, adding, “We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now… And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me.”
Richmond, however, said Russell denied saying this: “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.'”
We’re not sure how the Los Angeles Times could have gotten direct quotes from Russell wrong, so we’ll have to wait and see how this turns out.
Richmond also said that Mark Wahlberg is not confirmed for the role of Nathan Drake yet. It was believed that Wahlberg was set for the role and that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were in early talks for roles.
In related game news, Richmond gave an update on “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” as well. He mentioned that the animations will receive improvements in the third game. “We’re doing some crazy stuff where we’re actually going to stream some animations in… so Drake will actually change animation state based on what’s happening… most of these animation changes are just like he’s doing the right thing based on what’s around him, rather than taking away player control. It’s about making him seem more realistic.”
Fist-fighting with multiple enemies will be added as well. “So things like a bar fight in the game — you can put five or ten guys around him and actually have Drake punching them out.”
A third new thing is that puzzles will now also benefit from physics-based improvements. You can read more on this in the full interview here!