With the Unexplored film currently showing in theaters, I can finally share my interview with the director Ruben Fleischer where he breaks down the making of the film. As you have seen in the many trailers, Unexplored is a prequel to the beloved video game series of the same name. It’s about how a young Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) and Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) meet for the first time and why they team up to find Ferdinand Magellan’s lost fortune that could be worth five billion dollars. Unexplored also stars Gabrielle Tati like Braddock, Sophie Ali like Chloe Frazer, and Antonio Banderas like the ruthless Santiago Moncada, who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs to Magellan’s treasure. The screenplay was written by Rafe Lee Judkins and Art Marcum & Matt Hollowaywith a screen story written by Judkins and Jon Hanley Rosenberg & Mark D. Walker.
During the interview, Fleischer explains how they decided what treasure they would search for in the movie, taking inspiration from the video game, and how they filmed the awesome cargo plane action scene. He also talked about what they learned while watching the film, why he loves fast movies, and what he learned from making zombieland (his first movie).
Also, if you’ve seen the movie, you know the movie has a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. What you might not know is that the mid-credits sequence is not the one that was originally shot. During the interview, Fleischer revealed why the first time they shot the mid-credits scene it didn’t work out and why he wanted to shoot it again:
“The one we shot was kind of compromised because of the schedule. We couldn’t make it as big or as exciting as I wanted and when it played it was kind of a ho-hum ending. I wanted really something that certainly excited me so I was a big fan of taking that back and without giving anything away… there’s a signature look for one of the characters that is on the tag that has always been a key part of the tag in both versions and it was very important for us to allow the character to kind of become his more familiar appearance from the games so that was super important as well as the suggestion that Nate and Sully will be leaving for more adventures together in the future.
It is also very obvious, if Unexplored is a hit, Sony will want to make a sequel. So I asked Fleischer if he would be interested in coming back to direct Uncharted 2. He told me:
“I would love to have the opportunity to do a sequel and you can’t help but work on this movie for two years…I can’t help but imagine different adventures these guys might find themselves in and I’d love to figure out a way to bring them to life, but ultimately the audience will decide if it’s something they’re looking forward to seeing.
Finally, at the very end of the credits, there is another scene featuring an important character for Nathan Drake. Fleischer also discusses whether the same actor in that scene would continue to play the role if he made a sequel and what that character means.
Watch what Ruben Fleischer had to say in the player above and below is a list of exactly what we talked about during the interview.
- If someone has never seen what they did, what is the first thing they should look at and why?
- What he learned to do zombieland.
- Why did it take so long to get the Unexplored movie made?
- How did they decide which treasure they were going to search for in the film?
- What were the challenges of filming the cargo plane sequence and why did they decide to put it in the film?
- How he was inspired by the video game.
- How does it feel to read the script for the first time and read a huge sequence like that on the page?
- Did he have a longer cut of the movie?
- Why does he like fast movies?
- Did they test the film and what did they learn?
- When did they decide to put a scene after the credits and was it still that scene?
- Why they redid the scene after the credits.
- Is the actor playing the character at the very end of the credits the same actor who would play him in the future?
- Is he interested in making a Unexplored continued?
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