Gamers and moviegoers rejoice! The Last of Us, one of 2013’s most critically acclaimed and celebrated PlayStation 3 games of all time, has officially received the green light for a live action movie adaptation. No release date has been announced yet, but Screen Gems has signed on to distribute the iflm with the creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann, writing the screenplay. Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead trilogy; Spider-Man trilogy) will produce the Naught Dog adaptation and you can hit the jump to learn more.
For the uninitiated, The Last of Us is a story set in post-apocalyptic America, after the outbreak of a fungal spore-based virus rapidly spread across the globe turning the infected into zombie-like predators. Fast forward to current day, the world is now mostly overtaken with plant life (with the exception of small, scattered quarantine zones) and the wandering zombie-like beings. Joel, a lone, hardened survivor has agreed to deliver what promises to be a cure for said virus to a specific destination across the country.
Game developer behind The Last of Us, Naughty Dog, will also team with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to produce the film. Clint Culpepper, president of Screen Gems, had this to say about the production.
“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.”
Naughty Dog Co-President, Evan Wells is also very excited about this development stating:
“Our partnership with Sam Raimi, Ghost House Pictures, and Screen Gems to develop a film based on The Last of Us universe is a perfect fit.t 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. We look forward to collaborating with Sam, his team, and Screen Gems, to make a movie that will thrill fans of The Last of Us and general audiences worldwide.”
If you’ve had the privilege of playing The Last of Us you would agree that the game itself feels like a movie. Being a fan of the game myself, I found myself getting emotionally involved the longer I endured with Joel and Ellie.
Knowing how poorly handled certain movie adaptation of video games have been as of late, it is comforting to know that those who helped put this game together will be primarily responsible for the movie’s foundation and ensuring the soul of the game is left in tact.
Let us hope that the casting and the director is just as successful. Can we agree that Ellen Page can be the only one that should be cast as Ellie?
Let us know what you think.