He left the project earlier in the month citing creative differences between himself and Sony Pictures. With Russell's antique-hunting motion picture out of the window, new director Neil Burger is planning on starting from scratch — and he's making all the right noises about the video game.

“Mainly we’re beginning from scratch and going back to the video game. Because there’s a lot of cool stuff, actually, from the video game, if you know it,” Burger told Crave Online.

“It’s really one of the most cinematic video games, and one that has really developed characters. So, you know, there’s a lot of cool, really intense things that, if they work for the film’s story, I want to use them.”

But the white elephant in the room's always revolved around who will play the beloved cast? Fans have petitioned for Nathan Fillion to take the role, but what's the main man's take?

“I’ve seen a little bit of that, yes,” he said, referring to the furore surrounding Fillion. “That was brought to my attention. So, you know, I think he’s a good actor. I think there’s a lot of really good actors who don’t even look like [Nathan Drake] who could play it! Where we are right now is that we’re literally starting from scratch on the screenplay, and I think that once we finish it, then we’ll go to actors and see who’s available and who’s right for the parts. Whenever that happens.”

[source vg247.com]