Malformed freaks, the end of hope, and the beginning of desperation — that’s both the world that Neil Druckmann and the team over at Naughty Dog constructed with its beautiful and lush game, The Last of Us, and an accurate representation of past video game film adaptations, but now, Druckmann is going to take a stab at the impossible by turning The Last of Us into a movie.
According to THR, Druckmann, the game’s writer and co-director will both produce and write the screenplay for the possible film with Screen Gems attached. Sam Raimi is also attached as a producer for the project which is too early in its process to have a targeted release date attached.
Here’s Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper on the decision to snap up the rights and trust Druckmann (who also co-wrote Dark Horse Comics’ Last of Us companion comic miniseries) with the scripting duties.
“Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention, insisting we go after it […] 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 Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Riley Russell was able to get me in front of Neil and Evan Wells to plead my case. And Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil’s vision.”
That vision includes a virus riddled world, a gruff and pained survivor, and a precocious teenager who travel from Boston to Pittsburgh to the Rockies as they fight to beat back the infected. It’s a post apocalyptic tale, almost a zombie tale, but the question is: will it resonate with film fans? There are so many variables that will determine its ultimate success, but chiefest among them is getting the cast, tone, and the look of the creatures down.
The choice of Druckmann as screenwriter might seem questionable, but the depth of the game in question stands out as proof that he can handle the task. As for casting, Joel will need to be played by someone who can play a strong silent type and Elle will have to be played by… Ellen Page. The only answer is Ellen Page.
Source: The Mary Sue