Naughty Dog's phenomenal survival horror title, The Last of Us, is coming to the big screen. The live-action adaptation will be distributed by Sony subsidiary Screen Gems, with creative director Neil Druckmann tapped for script-writing duties. Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra will also be involved, as well as The Last of Us game director, Bruce Straley. Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures production company will also collaborate on the project.
Via Deadline, Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper said The Last of Us' quality storytelling made it a prime candidate for Hollywood. "I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay," Culpepper said. Naughty Dog's Evan Wells described the parties involved as "a perfect fit." Raimi's Ghost House Pictures previously worked on the Evil Dead remake, which came out last year.
During a recent Reddit AMA, Druckmann hinted we might see The Last of Us in another medium, and he recently said a sequel is a distinct possibility. Meanwhile, Wells said a film adaptation has been considered since the game was released last June; it was just a matter of finding the right partners.
If you've experienced the PlayStation 3 exclusive, you already know how the journey ends, though it's unclear how closely the movie will stick to the game, or if Druckmann will explore all-new territory with Joel and Ellie. Since a sequel is probably coming, it's unclear how much Druckmann's obligations to the movie will effect the game's development. Right now, Druckmann and Straley have reportedly taken over the Uncharted franchise now that Amy Hennig, who was responsible for the first three Uncharted games, has departed Naughty Dog.
Who will play Joel and Ellie? Will it keep the same vibe as The Last of Us? Or will Hollywood make it into a gory action flick and ignore the dynamic between the two main characters? So many questions. Let's hope a live-action adaptation doesn't tarnish what is considered one of the best-ever video games.
Add magic to your living space with these string lights
String lights add personality and soft light to your living space. Here are some of the best.
Disguise your little one with the help of a themed costume
From avocado halves to hoppy bunnies, costumes speak to every child's unique spirit. And we've collected our favorite options.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Use a chess clock to keep track of move and play times
These chess clocks feature dual clocks for players to control their own timers, and loud alarms so everyone knows when time is up. These clocks can be used for other 2-person games, like checkers, that may benefit from a game timer.