Has Naughty Dog’s survival horror masterpiece The Last of Us seized control of your brain like so much Cordyceps fungus? Well, you’ll be pleased to learn that Screen Gems is teaming with Naughty Dog to create a live-action feature film adaptation of our 2013 game of the year. According to Deadline, Neil Druckmann will write the screenplay and shepherd the project along with Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, game director Bruce Staley, and Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures team. Coming hot on the heels of Uncharted series writer Amy Hennig leaving the studio, this is a much needed bit of good news for the company.
Since the game debuted this past June, it has been adapted to a graphic novel for Dark Horse Comics, but rumors of a film version were just that — rumors. Fortunately, it seems like that has changed. “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,” said Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper. “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.”
Of the creative partnership Naughty Dog’s co-president Wells said, “[It’s] 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.”
This news, of course, leaves us with so many questions: Will Sam Raimi direct? Will there be a fifteen minute intermission where we pause the film and figure out how the hell to get past the next room? Will they have some freakin’ giraffes? Only time will tell.
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