Let's hope that someone has Nathan Fillion's number, because according to the latest reports, the Uncharted movie is set to start filming early next year.
Yep! According to the latest reports, it looks as if the long-mooted movie of the Uncharted video game series is finally about to get moving after years of delays. The film is being directed by Seth Gordon, who commented recently on when he expects Uncharted to go in front of the camera:
I think very early next year. That’s the plan. That’s like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for that movie.
Gordon also went on to add that he and his team
Just got the script to a really good place
While this is seemingly good news, there are still plenty of roadblocks - one of the most notable being the absence of a lead actor... But while we wait for things to fall into place - hopefully as seamlessly as Drake falling from Marlowe's cargo plane into Iranian desert - let's consider what we want from the Uncharted movie.
The last installment in the game franchise, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, was graphically beyond impeccable - certainly to my mind one of the finest looking games ever. The trademark rich, colorful and vibrant environments are present in each of the Uncharted games, and the part in Uncharted 3 where Nate hangs out of the back of a plane, blows up said plane, skydives to safety is not only one of the best in gaming, it's one of the prettiest things you'll see on your TV.
Naughty Dog makes these games work not just as games, but also as cinematic experiences, so the movie had better follow suit or risk losing a huge part of the game's appeal.
The dialogue of the Uncharted game series is always vibrant rather than clunky. Despite the importance of narrative flow and filling in Drake's backstory, Drake and Sully's banter is as good as the best of cinema's buddy movies. Casting Drake requires an actor that oozes charisma and has a knack for delivering amusingly sarcastic quips that put into perspective just how absurd the events unfolding around him are...
Which brings me onto my next point.
Nathan Fillion as Drake
Okay, so he's getting on a little bit to play the ravine-hopping finder of lost and forgotten artifacts of the Uncharted series, but there's no denying that Fillion embodies every marvelous detail regarding the descendant of great explorer Sir Francis Drake. Whether he's in Firefly, Serenity, or Castle, Fillion just is Nathan Drake. He's someone who can reel in the ladies, and he's someone who will still look awesome pulling off death-defying leaps of faith.
I mean, time can be a cruel mistress. But can YOU think of anyone more perfect for Drake?
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