A “The Last of Us” Movie Is In The Works

March 8, 2014

One of the most played, and favorite game of many PS3 owners, The Last of Us, is being made into a film.

The movie script will be written by Neil Druckmann, the man who was actually was the creative director for the game. Neil Druckmann has a bit of a history with Naugthy Dog, he was a programmer on Jak 3 and Jak X: Combat Racing, was on the design team for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and led the design team on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Creative architects on the game are Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, Naughty Dog co-presidents.

On Twitter, I saw that a lot of you want Sam Raimi in on this movie. Well guess what? He is, working under his production company, Ghost House Pictures. Also working on the movie is Clint Culpepper, president of Screen Gems, the company that will also be the distributor. Here is what he has to say about his initial game-to-movie thoughts:

Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it, and when I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay. I am thrilled that SCEA’s Riley Russell was able to get me in front of Neil and Evan Wells to plead my case. Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil’s vision.

The game The Last of Us, depicts the struggles of Joel, and his 14-year-old partner Ellie, live in a post-apocalyptic world where half of all humans have been transformed into distorted mutants, by a fungal infection. It sold 3.4 million copies in the first three weeks of release, and held the number one spot on the UK sales chart for 6 weeks. It has also won many awards.

Evan Wells has to say this about the Screen Gems and Ghost House collaboration on the movie:

[They’re] a perfect fit. Since our game released last June, we’ve talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn’t have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards

That’s all from now for me, The Jay Doctor. Are you going to go see the movie? How do you think it is going to turn out? Let me know in the comments, or you can contact/follow me on Twitter @The_Jay_Doctor, using the links below.

Sources: The Guardian and Deadline Hollywood

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