A Look At The Upcoming Video Game: The Last of Us Part II

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

Like many other kids of my generation, I grew up playing video games on Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. However, by the time I got to high school, I rarely played and pretty much lost interest in video games. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking gaming, it’s just that, at the time, it wasn’t my thing anymore. One of my close friends kept gaming and every once in a while, he’d send me a cool video, like the cinematic teaser for one of the Batman Arkham games and I was always impressed. It was clear that gaming had made a big jump forward, but I was just intrigued more than anything else. I wasn’t exactly ready to dive headfirst back in to playing video games.

  Not long after, the same friend of mine and I were meeting up with another group of people to grab dinner and I was supposed to meet my buddy at his place. I was a few minutes early and he was wrapping up playing one of the Uncharted games. I was completely blown away by what I was seeing. It was so incredibly cinematic, with 360° visibility, amazing rendering of characters and environments. The cherry onto for me was that it wasn’t just a game, but a real story with well developed characters. I’m sure this sounds stupid to a lot of you, but for me this is a quantum leap forward in video gaming. It felt like he was playing an Indiana Jones movie. I even remember the part of the game he was playing. It was (at least for me, at the time) a mind-bogglingly cool action sequence, involving Nathan Drake and some bad guys, on a cargo plane, with an open hold door, flying over the desert. I was sold. I never looked at videos games the same way.

   I haven’t played as much as I’d have liked to over the last year, but there’s a new game coming out in a few weeks will definitely change that: The Last of Us Part II. The is sequel to, in my opinion, one of the best games ever created, The Last of Us. When The Last of Us came out on PS3, it was the best story, in any medium, of 2013. The best analogy I could use to describe The Last of Us, would be that it feels like you’re “playing” a movie and that doesn’t even do the game justice.

   The Last of Us, from the video game developer Naughty Dog, tells the story of Joel, a bitter, cynical, middle aged man and teenage Ellie, as they make their way across a post-Apocalyptic United States. Of course, they have to contend with weird, zombie like creatures roaming the country. Oh, and our heroes have to deal with the worst monsters of all… other human survivors! Dah, dah, duhn! I’m sure this may sound like a cliched story you’ve heard too many times before, but The Last of Us is in a class all its own. I became more invested in the character’s of Joel and Ellie than the characters in the books I was reading or the movies I was watching that summer. If you’ve ever played the game, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It was a masterpiece. A beautiful piece of art. Now, in just a few short weeks, we will get a chance to revisit Joel, Elle, and their broken, but not completely hopeless, world when The Last of Us Part II launches on 5/29/2020!

Now take a look at the new trailer below….

…And this really cool behind the scenes video from the creators of the game, as well:

The Last of Us II drops on 5/29/20

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-Paul

This UNCHARTED Short Film NEEDS To Become The Big Screen Adaptation!

Hi Everybody,

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For years, fans have been clamoring for a big screen adaptation of the Uncharted video game series starring swashbuckling adventurer and modern-day Indiana Jones; Nathan Drake. Uncharted is one of the most cinematic video game series’ ever made, so it makes a lot of sense that Hollywood would want to turn the games into a film franchise. I’ll always have mixed feelings about such a beloved video game being turned into a movie. On the one hand it has the potential to make a great series of films in the vein of Indiana Jones. But on the other hand, I think this could be an amazing adult skewing, adventure series on a network like HBO, Netflix, or Starz. There isn’t anything like quite like it on television or streaming right now. Or maybe just leave the fucking thing alone. Let the video game series stand as the amazing piece of art and storytelling that it is. But I’d have to being a lot higher than I already am, to think Hollywood would leave a potential cash cow like this alone.

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There have been some starts and stops along the way (THANK GOD that terrible David O. Russell version fell apart: https://www.cinemablend.com/new/David-O-Russell-Makes-His-Uncharted-Movie-Sound-Like-National-Treasure-21967.html ).  As it stands, the current state of development on an Uncharted film, has Shawn Levy directing, Tom Holland (y’know, little Peter Parker in The MCU) as Nathan Drake, and Bryan Cranston rumored to play Sully.

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Now, as a fan of the series, that doesn’t sound so bad. We could certainly do much, much, much worse. However, though I like the 2 potential leads, Tom Holland is just too young and I just don’t quite see Cranston as Sully.

As far as fans of the video game series are concerned, there’s always been one man and one man only who should play Nathan Drake: Nathan Fillion.

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Pretty much the moment the possiblity of an Uncharted movie was announced, fans wanted Fillion. If you’ve played the game or seen Fillion’s work, it’s easy to see why he was a fan favorite for the role.

During the aforementioned period when David O. Russell was slated to direct the movie, he was asked by reporters if Nathan Fillion was being considered for the part. Russell didn’t even know who Fillion was (a producer had to remind Russell that Filion had, in fact, screen tested) Of course this made the possibility of an adaptation by Russell even less popular with the fans and Russell (THANKFULLY) eventually left the project.

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Now the Internet is buzzing about an Uncharted short film that went viral. Filmmaker Allan Unger directed a short 16 minuet film starring Nathan Fillion as Drake, Stephen Lang of Avatar as Nathan’s old friend and mentor Sully, and Episodes’ Mircea Monroe as Nathan’s wife, Elena. As for the short film, well… it’s FUCKING AWESOME! Anyone who thought Fillion has aged out of the role is proven completely wrong with this film. Not only is his dialogue pitch perfect, but he nails some pretty impressive stunts. Fillion is JUST. FUCKING. PERFECT. for Drake. Don’t take my word for it! Watch it here:

A lot of other film reporters have said things like this the “best video game adaptation we’ve seen yet.”. I dont think that’s hyperbole. Yes, its a 16 minuet short film, but I doubt you’d find a total of 16 minuets of quality filmmaking spread across every video game movie made (OK, OK, Ryan… the Resident Evil movies have their moments). I do think the idea that Fillion has aged out of the role can be put to rest after watching this. He is absolutely capable of crushing it as Nathan Drake. I also thought Stephen Lang and Mircea Monroe were very well cast as Sully and Elena, respectively.  Don’t forget that by the time Uncharted 4 takes place, Drake is definitely an older guy (slowly) approaching middle age.

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Never say never, but as much as this short film has blown up the internet, it’s still unlikely that the current plans for the Uncharted feature length film will be scrapped in favor of an expansion of this project. But there is good news! According to EW.com and several other news outlets, due to it’s popularity this could lead to a web series with full length episodes. Unger has apparently already been contacted by the people who make these descsions, regarding another possible Uncharted project with this cast. So make sure you share this video on Facebook, Twitter, everywhere. Unger’s Twitter handle is  @Allan_Unger and Fillion’s is @NathanFillion Send this short to anyone you can. The more people who see it, the more likely we will get to see more of Filion’s adventures as Nathan Drake.

All I know is that seeing this short was an absolute fucking delight as long time fan of the Uncharted games, who’s ALWAYS wanted to see Fillion in the role. I’m happy to say he knocks it out of the fucking park! Let’s hope we get to see more!

As always, thanks for reading and watching!

-Paul