Though it may still be quite some time until we see the official Uncharted movie, one that can’t seem to get out of its development troubles, we now have something to hold us over for a while. Actor Nathan Fillion, best known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the cult-phenomenon TV series, Firefly, has made a 15-minute fan-film tribute to the beloved Uncharted game franchise.
Helmed by Fillion and Canadian director Allan Ungar, the short-form cinematic homage is filled to the brim with moments that will make any Uncharted fan grin ear-to-ear. Fillion plays fan-favorite hero Nathan Drake with so much passion and finesse that it’s hard to imagine anyone taking the role from him at this point. The film is quippy, exciting, historical, and features the least gimmicky 3rd-person-shooter sequence that I can remember. If nothing else, this is the best Nathan Drake audition tape ever.
Nathan Fillion has been campaigning to play Drake ever since the early rumors of an Uncharted film being in production started making rounds through the gaming and film communities. In an interview with Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, Fillion revealed that he had met director Allan Ungar through a mutual friend.
“Over thai-vegan dinner, Allan expressed his love for Uncharted—he’s obviously a passionate fan—and he had a vision,” Fillion said. “And then in May, we got together and put this thing together.”
The actor also stated that he hasn’t pitched Sony on the idea of him starring in an Uncharted film just yet, but he’s certainly open to the possibility.
“We wanted to scratch an itch—we wanted to see something, and we didn’t want to wait,” he said. “Our goal has been achieved. If something comes from this, that’s just icing on the cake.”
You can check out the brilliant fan-made film right here:
I, for one, would absolutely be down to watch a feature-length version of this. How about you?
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