The video game industry is massive, bringing in more than $109 billion last year. Hollywood, which brought in about $40.6 billion last year, has tried to capitalize on gaming's popularity by adapting some of the biggest titles to movies.
Unfortunately, these movies are almost universally terrible. This year's "Tomb Raider" movie was probably the best film I've seen based on a video game, but even it was the type of movie I went to, enjoyed, but hadn't really thought much of before I sat down to write this column.
For whatever reason, Hollywood has never been able to truly get the video game adaptation right. Given the past, I don't have a lot of hope for the future.
But if there's one video game franchise that seems tailor-made for a big budget Hollywood treatment, it's Sony's "Uncharted" series. From great acting, clever storytelling, fun characters and incredible action set pieces, the games could almost be copied and pasted into a movie.
The games follow treasure hunter Nathan Drake on pulpy adventures that are like interactive, modern-day Indiana Jones adventures.
Sony has tried for years to bring Drake and his friends to the big screen, but the movie seems to be stuck in Development Hell. Mark Wahlberg was signed to play the character when filmmaker David O. Russell was attached to direct it. That version thankfully fell apart because I could never see Wahlberg playing my favorite video game character. Tom Holland, who plays the current version of Spider-Man on the big screen, is currently signed on to play a younger version of Drake in an "Uncharted" movie.
On Monday of this week, something amazing happened. Nathan Fillion, the actor known for "Firefly" and "Castle," release an "Uncharted" fan film he made with his friends, and it's glorious. People have been clamoring for Fillion to play Drake in a big-budget "Uncharted" movie for years. He looks a lot like Drake, especially the way he looked in "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End," and his mannerisms are spot-on.
My hope is that Sony will watch this short, hire Nathan Fillion to be their Nathan Drake and green light this movie immediately. If you want to see the fan film for yourself, it's at www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5CZQpqF_74&t=788s.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2," "Friday the 13th: The Game" and "Super Mario Odyssey." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.