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Uncharted movie wanders off the map

Drake family will be antique dealers.

The impending Hollywood adaptation of Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise looks set to bare precious little resemblance to its source material.

Director David O Russell recently divulged a few plot details to the Los Angeles Times. The script, which is currently about 50 per cent complete, expands on Naughty Dog's narrative, recasting Drake as a member of a family of globetrotting antique dealers.

"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 said.

"We'll have the family dynamic, which we've done in a couple of movies now," he added. "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."

As revealed last week, Mark Wahlberg is set to take on the roll of Nathan Drake, with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci playing his father and uncle respectively.

"David is one of the best writer/directors I've ever worked with," said Wahlberg of the Three Kings director. "The idea that he has is just insane."

Wahlberg, who's no stranger to videogame crossovers having taken the lead roll in the cack-handed 2008 Max Payne flick, seems confident that Uncharted can buck the trend of rubbish game-to-movie adaptations.

"To me what a lot of those other movies lack is the level of character and heart," he said.