Uncharted director Shawn Levy talks casting, preproduction and that epic fan film

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Jul 27, 2018, 1:50 PM EDT

We’ve got some good news and bad news for those fans out there looking forward to the feature film adaptation of the video game Uncharted. The good news? Director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) has announced that the long-gestating film has a script and is in the casting phase. The bad? That awesome fan film we all saw earlier this month starring Nathan Fillion does not appear to be a sign that the Firefly star will take on the lead role of Drake (Tom Holland already has the role). 

In an interview with Italian media outlet Bad Taste, director Levy provided some updates to the upcoming Uncharted feature film and gave his thoughts to the recently-released fan film. Levy told the outlet that he hopes Uncharted is indeed “the next movie [he’ll] do.” He also acknowledged that “the world has been waiting for an Uncharted film for a very long time.” (It should be noted that the website is in Italian, so the accuracy of Levy's quotes are at the mercy of Google Translate.)

After being “involved in the project for about 15 months,” Levy disclosed where production is at this point: “I can tell you that we have a very good screenplay, we have Tom Holland who will play Nathan Drake,” he said. “Now we are in full casting phase, we are looking for actors for the other key roles, including the most important one that is the character of Victor Sullivan.”

And for those trepidatious about yet another cinematic adaptation of a video game, Levy assures everyone that he’s been working closely with the game’s creator Neil Druckmann on developing the film. “Neil and I have met many times and we have known each other for a long time,” said Levy. “We have an excellent relationship. It is a very good collaboration process.” 

Finally, the outlet asked Levy what he thought about that fan film. And, guess what? He was a fan. “I think it was really spectacular!” he explained. “Very funny. I liked it both as a fan of the game and of the franchise.” 

So, with Levy still in the casting process and a fan of the short, perhaps there’s hope for Fillion to find his way in the film yet? 

Sony Pictures announced in 2016 that Levy had signed on to direct an Uncharted film. Holland (Spider Man: Homecoming) was attached to star last year. 

(Via Bad Taste)