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David O. Russell finds Sony’s ‘Uncharted’

Upcoming film based on bestselling Playstation game

Sony has tapped David O. Russell to write and direct “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” for Columbia Pictures.

Based on the bestselling PlayStation 3 vidgame and centered on treasure hunter Nathan Drake, “Uncharted” will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner.

Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer penned the first draft.

“David is a tremendous choice to take on this film,” Col prexy Matt Tolmach said in a statement. “He’s equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy and amazing action sequences.”

Released in 2007, the “Uncharted” vidgame has sold one million copies during its first 10 weeks of release. The sequel “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” nabbed game of the year honors from several critics groups in 2009 and has sold more than 3.8 million copies worldwide.

Russell’s next project, Mark Wahlberg-Christian Bale starrer “The Fighter,” is set to launch limited Dec. 10, from Paramount, before expanding wide Dec. 17.

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