Ever since The Last of Us became a monster hit in 2013, reports have swirled that a film version of the survival horror videogame is just around the corner. Now, it really is.
Screen Gems has inked a deal to distribute the film, which will be scripted by the videogame’s creative director Neil Druckmann. That’s an interesting move, especially considering that Druckmann’s only experience comes in videogames and not film, but it makes more sense when you consider just how cinematic the game is anyway.
Druckmann also has writing credits from other hit Naughty Dog properties like the Uncharted series, so he definitely knows his way around a good story. Horror maestro Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) will also have a role in the project via his producing arm at Ghost House Pictures, so this one seems to be in good hands. The game’s director Bruce Straley will also be helping out.
Set in a post-epidemic United States, the game followed survivors Joel and Ellie as they tried to make their way across the country 20 years after a pandemic has decimated the nation. It’s tense and entertaining as hell, and could make for a great film with the right approach.
Naughty Dog's co-president Evan Wells said they fielded more than a few movie offers once it was clear the game was a critical and commercial hit, though it was Raimi’s decades of experience in the genre that sealed the deal:
"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. 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."
Though a deal is in place, the film is still in the early stages, so it may be a while until we hear anything on casting. But, yeah, it seems like this one really is going to happen. Do you think the game will translate well into the film medium?
(Via Coming Soon)