The Last of Us Movie in the Works
Sony and Naughty Dog have today announced that they’ll be bringing The Last of Us to cinemas. No information about the actual adaptation has been released, although fans will be happy to know Naughty Dog are keeping hold of the reigns to make sure things don’t end up completely sucking. Screen Gems (Resident Evil, Underworld) has been brought on as distributor, while Neil Druckmann, creative director on the game, will be writing the script. Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra will act as “creative architects.”
“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,” Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper said. “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 announcement has garnered mixed reaction from fans of The Last of Us, and rightfully so. Depending on how well the movie is made might affect future entries in the video game franchise, for better or for worse, and only Naughty Dog’s involvement might offer a glimmer of hope for those expecting the worst.