Last week, actor Nathan Fillion teased something related Naughty Dog's Uncharted on his personal Instagram. Fans speculated that it might be Fillion joining the Uncharted film in production at Sony Pictures. Today, that project was instead revealed as an Uncharted fan film, released on YouTube.
The film has Drake "sneaking" into a criminal compound in Baja California Sur, Mexico. In classic Drake fashion he enters the situation at somewhat of a disadvantage, but with a copious amount of wisecracks, punching, and shooting, he makes his way to freedom with information about a cool new treasure. Fillion is definitely playing a slightly older Drake, near or around his age in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
Fans have wanted Fillion as Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake for a very long time, and at least for a little while that dream is finally coming true. The fan film also stars Avatar and Mortal Engines star Stephen Lang as Drake's longtime confidant Victor "Sully" Sullivan; he's a little more cantankerous than his video game counterpart, but he'll do.
Mircea Monroe from the television series Episodes and Hart of Dixie is Elena, while the villain of the film is played by Banshee and Teen Wolf's Geno Segers. Fans of 90s action films will also notice Ernie Reyes Jr. as enforcer El Tigre. The film was helmed by director Allan Ungar, who previously directed the action film Gridlocked and is currently working on a film called Decoy.
This fan film has nothing to do with the Sony Pictures film currently in pre-production. That film will star Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland as a younger version of Drake prior to the events of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Night at the Museum series director Shawn Levy has been hired to direct the film, which is being written by Rafe Judkins, who previously wrote for Chuck and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann previously said the studio would prefer the direction Sony Pictures is going with the film. "We're not excited by a direct adaptation," he said earlier this year. And this fan film is as much a direct adaptation of the games as you can get. But for fans, this is nice glimpse into an alternate reality.