Uncharted Director and Nathan Drake Calls it Quits

From LA Times, it looks like the negotiations have failed and David O. Russell will not be directing the Uncharted movie, which based on the PS3 hot seller about a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, Nathan Drake, who’s an explorer and adventurer looking for lost rare artifacts. Looks like Sony won’t have that 2011 release that they’d hope for. Looks like they’re going back to square one and will try to find a male and female lead while they’re at it.

David O. Russell is a very interesting individual. This is the guy that directed Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees, two movies I enjoyed. But this is also the guy that :

  • put director Christopher Nolan in a headlock just so that he can have Jude Law be in I Heart Huckabees.
  • was picking a fight with George Clooney for trying to help out crew members.
  • was having a temper tantrum on the set of I Heart Huckabees with Lily Tomlin.

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And now he has Christian Bale as the main character in his upcoming movie, The Fighter. I wonder if Christopher Nolan is going to put David in a headlock so that he won’t get any piece of Mr. Bale?

Source: LA Times

And just for fun, here’s an excerpt from the Playboy interview with George Clooney.

PLAYBOY: What made you want to do that movie?

CLOONEY: David Russell wrote as good a script as I’ve ever read. I fought to get it. He wanted a lot of other actors before me. They went to Mel and to Nic Cage. I wanted to work on this movie. David is in many ways a genius, though I learned that he’s not a genius when it comes to people skills.

PLAYBOY: Did you learn about that the hard way?

CLOONEY: I did. He yelled and screamed at people all day, from day one.

PLAYBOY: Did he yell at you?

CLOONEY: At me often — and at someone daily. He’d throw off his headset and scream, “Today the sound department flicked me!” For me, it came to a head a couple of times. Once, he went after a camera-car driver who I knew from high school. I had nothing to do with his getting his job, but David began yelling and screaming at him and embarrassing him in front of everybody. I told him, “You can yell and scream and even fire him, but what you can’t do is humiliate him in front of people. Not on my set, if I have any say about it.” Another time he screamed at the script supervisor and made her cry. I wrote him a letter and said, “Look, I don’t know why you do this. You’ve written a brilliant script, and I think you’re a good director. Let’s not have a set like this. I don’t like it and I don’t work well like this.” I’m not one of those actors who likes things in disarray. He read the letter and we started all over again. But later, we were three weeks behind schedule, which puts some pressure on you, and he was in a bad mood. These army kids, who were working as extras, were supposed to tackle us. There were three helicopters in the air and 300 extras on the set. It was a tense time, and a little dangerous, too. David wanted one of the extras to grab me and throw me down. This kid was a little nervous about it, and David walked up to him and grabbed him. He pushed him onto the ground. He kicked him and screamed, “Do you want to be in this *beep* movie? Then throw him to the *beep* ground!” The second assistant director came up and said, “You don’t do that, David. You want them to do something, you tell me.” David grabbed his walkie-talkie and threw it on the ground. He screamed, “Shut the *beep* up! *beep* you,” and the AD goes, *beep* you! I quit.” He walked off.

It was a dangerous time. I’d sent him this letter. I was trying to make things work, so I went over and put my arm around him. I said, “David, it’s a big day. But you can’t shove, push or humiliate people who aren’t allowed to defend themselves.” He turned on me and said, “Why don’t you just worry about your *beep* act? You’re being a ****. You want to hit me? You want to hit me? Come on, *****, hit me.” I’m looking at him like he’s out of his mind. Then he started banging me on the head with his head. He goes, “Hit me, you *****. Hit me.” Then he got me by the throat and I went nuts. Waldo, my buddy, one of the boys, grabbed me by the waist to get me to let go of him. I had him by the throat. I was going to kill him. Kill him. Finally, he apologized, but I walked away. By then the Warner Bros. guys were freaking out. David sort of pouted through the rest of the shoot and we finished the movie, but it was truly, without exception, the worst experience of my life.

PLAYBOY: Did you resolve things? Would you ever work with him again?

CLOONEY: Life’s too short.

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