No, Firefly’s Nathan Fillion wasn’t teasing his casting in the long-coming Uncharted movie, but announcing one of his own, secretly adapting the video game series with Allan Ungar and Stephen Lang back in May — having sat on the idea since January. Now it’s out on YouTube, all 14 minutes of it, racking up the views and fulfilling dreams. And that might not be the last fans hear of it.
Now, according to an interview Fillion and Ungar gave to Entertainment Weekly, there could actually be a future for Fillion’s unofficial version of the treasure-seeking Nathan Drake.
Asked about the future of their involvement with the Uncharted series, Ungar said, “If Sony… I actually got a couple emails today, I’m not gonna say from who, but there’s definitely people talking about what this could mean as a digital series or something further. Obviously there’s interest in there, and I think if it makes sense and if it’s done right, I’d be thrilled to have a conversation about it and possibly see this specific story continue.”
Here’s the story in question, with fight choreography ripped straight from iterations of the game:
Some of that goodwill may be helped by the game’s developer, Naughty Dog, being as enamored with the project as the rest of us. Neil Druckmann, the most recent games’ director, tweeted out his appreciation for Fillion’s hunt for the lost treasure of the Flor de la Mar.
A digital series could be done directly for Naughty Dog — depending on the rights agreement hammered out already with Sony. But if the studio is a fan... the shoulder holster could feel right at home for a few more adventures — even if they’re celebrity commercial spots promoting the next game. The fan film has already been viewed more than 1.4 million times in just over a day, so there's clearly some interest in seeing Fillion in the role.
Fillion and Ungar are clearly fans of the game, and that love shines through in every frame of this short, from the fight style (which they directly based on Nate's moves from across the four-game main series, creating a fight clip for reference) to the treasure hunt at the heart of the story (Ungar says he anchored the concept in real history, mixed in with a healthy dose of fiction, just like the games).