A fan-made film set in the universe of award-winning video game series Uncharted is picking up steam on the Internet today, and Filipino fans of the franchise might be tickled to see that our country features in it, albeit only slightly.
The short film is a project of its star, Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumni and Castle star Nathan Fillion, who has been campaigning for the main role of Nathan Drake since talks about a film adaptation started to simmer in 2009. Not much is known for sure about whether or not we will ever see an official feature-length Uncharted film, but last year, reports of Tom Holland being cast as a young Nathan Drake began to surface. As if to beat Sony to the punch, Fillion teamed up with filmmaker Allan Ungar to put this together:
In an Instagram post, Fillion posted a statement about the film, saying, "This is something I’ve wanted to do, but more importantly, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time [...] Thank you, @allanungar, for letting us all scratch this itch."
But really, if you're reading this, none of it would matter to you at all if not for the fact that the Philippines is one of the short film's plot points. Because Pinoy pride, right?
The entire Uncharted video game series revolves around its main character, Nathan Drake, a historian, treasure hunter, adventurer, and modern-day Indiana Jones. The fan film—which, to state the obvious, is not part of the official canon—involves the treasure of the Flor de la Mar, a real-life Portugese ship that figured in the conquest of Malacca in 1511. Helmed by Portugese conqueror Afonso de Albuquerque, the Flor de la Mar was wrecked by a storm while transporting loot to Portugal. While Albuquerque escaped, the ship and its payload were never found, and it remains to this day one of the world's largest and most valuable lost treasures.
The Uncharted fan film suggests that the treasure may have actually been transported by Ferdinand Magellan, who served under Albuquerque in the conquest of Malacca. The fictional part of it makes a hypothesis: what if Albuquerque stowed the treasure on Magellan's flagship, the Trinidad, instead of on the Flor de la Mar? Then certainly the best place to start looking would be the Philippines, where Magellan landed in 1521!
So the natural (yet nonexistent) sequel to this short film would be a full-length film or video game in which Drake explores the wilderness of the modern-day Visayan islands to duke it out with Pinoy goons and discover secret cave entrances that only open when you solve elaborate puzzles. It would be epic, if only it were real.