So, as it turns out, Nathan Fillion wasn't teasing an upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular Uncharted video game series from Naughty Dog. However, fans weren't far off at all, since he was teasing a fan film where he plays treasure hunter/adventurer Nathan Drake. The term "fan film" is a little too much of an understatement because this is one high-end 14-minute piece of cinema from writer/director Allan Ungar, who posted the entire thing on his YouTube channel.
Not only does the movie star Fillion as Drake, it's also got Stephen freakin' Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe) in the role of Nathan's cigar (and scene)-chewing partner, Victor "Sully" Sullivan. When you get such big stars, you can't really call it a fan film anymore. It feels more like a proof of concept from a much larger blockbuster.
Watch the full thing below and be prepared for your heart to ache for a much longer take on this story.
"I've been a huge fan of this franchise since it started back in 2007. I was still in school and remember thinking that it was going to change both the gaming landscape and the way we experience immersive storytelling," Ungar told IGN. "While the set pieces were always incredibly fun and inventive, it was the importance of character and story that really hooked me. You were able to put yourself in the shoes of someone that embodied everything we love about heroes, including their flaws. Over the years I always felt that if it was ever adapted into a film or series, there was only one guy out there that could play the part. Turns out I wasn't the only one."
In Ungar's film, Fillion's Drake gets captured by a bunch of thugs working for a dangerous antiquities dealer whom Drake has stolen from. Belting off a few good one-liners, Drake gets beaten up by "El Tigre" before busting free and, revealing that he wanted to get captured all along, retrieves some very old letters that pertain to the location of a lost Spanish treasure. After escaping, Drake and Sully rendezous with Elena (Episodes' Mircea Monroe), who helps them discover the treasure did not sink to the bottom of the ocean, but is somewhere in the Phillipines.
That's where it ends and such a tantalizing cliffhanger is sure to irk a lot of Uncharted fans. Nevertheless, this amazing, 14-minute piece of cinema could serve as proof of concept to Sony, which is currently developing an adaptation about a young Nathan, played by Spider-Man: Homecoming's Tom Holland. Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) is set to direct while Bryan Cranston will reportedly co-star, but if the studio ever wants to age up the character for future movies, Fillion's endless charisma partnered up with Lang's best Hannibal Smith impression, are just the ticket.
It probably won't happen, but at least Fillion and Ungar got there first. And if this really is all we get, its one heck of a fun ride.
“Here’s this incredible property, it’s out there, and no one has done anything with it yet. Brilliant characters, gripping stories, tailor made for me — add in Allan’s passion for Uncharted, and talent -- why wouldn’t we?," Fillion said.