Consider it an unexpected treasure for fans of the Uncharted videogame franchise.
A fan film based on that swashbuckling, tomb-raiding franchise was released online on Monday, starring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, and directed by Allan Ungar, a filmmaker from Toronto.
They clearly hope that the 15-minute short is the beginning of something — although, as it completely unauthorized, this might be all fans get — but the one thing it accomplishes by itself is a bit of wish fulfilment. Noting a resemblance, plenty of fans have suggested that the Edmonton-born actor would make a great Drake ever since the first game came out in 2007, and this film makes a pretty good case.
“I remember the feeling when I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. There was this hero that wasn’t perfect, that could take a punch and tell a joke. And I remember the Uncharted games bringing that back,” says Fillion, when asked why he wanted to make this. “And Nathan Drake is the one that scratches that itch for all of us.”
Ungar, like many, he loved the franchise from when he was in school, and thought that Fillion belonged in the role. He started working on his own films, and after deriving some inspiration from previous video-game fan films also made by professionals that made splashes — Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth in 2010, Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers in 2015 — Ungar approached the veteran TV star and there was mutual interest. The film was shot in May in California.