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The Last of Us film to be distributed by Screen Gems, script penned by Druckmann

Thursday, 6th March 2014 19:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Last of Us film is set to be distributed by Screen Gems and the screenplay will be written by Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann according to Deadline citing a press release.

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Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra and game director Bruce Straley will be teaming with “Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner to create the film.”

“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 said in a release.

“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.”

“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,” said Evan Wells, Naughty Dog co-president.

“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.”

Here’s the entire press release below:

Screen Gems will distribute the live action film THE LAST OF US based on the critically-acclaimed PlayStation®3 exclusive video game, developed by Naughty Dog. Neil Druckmann, the Creative Director for the game, will also write the script for the film. On behalf of Naughty Dog, the project will be produced by Co-Presidents’ Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley, along with Sam Raimi via their Ghost House Pictures banner.

Clint Culpepper, Screen Gems’ President, stated, “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 SCEA’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.”

“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,” said Evan Wells, Naughty Dog’s Co-President. “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.”

The rich and visceral story of The Last of Us, which was released in June of 2013, follows hardened survivor, Joel, and Ellie, a young and capable girl, on their journey through a radically transformed world. Set twenty years after an infectious pandemic spread by the cordyceps virus ravaged the course of humanity, these two people, who were brought together by chance, must make life-altering decisions in order to survive. The Last of Us explores themes of survival, loyalty, love, and redemption in an emotionally charged expedition across a post-epidemic United States.

The Last of Us has received worldwide recognition for its innovation in storytelling and gameplay, garnering over 200 global Game of the Year awards from notable outlets such as USA Today, E! Online, Yahoo!, and IGN. The post-apocalyptic video game also took home 10 wins at this year’s Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences D.I.C.E. Awards – including Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming and Character Performance. Additionally, The Last of Us also won a Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games” and leads nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Video Game (BAFTA) Awards with 10.

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6 Comments

  1. Fin

    JASON STATHAM

    #1 9 months ago
  2. jonnymelamet

    This is a good idea for a film. The story was well written.

    However, when the film is released, people who don’t know about the game will assume that it is a knockoff of “The Road”. Hopefully Neil Druckmann will be able to adeptly adapt the story for the shorter format.

    Good luck to Neil Druckmann. Sam Raimi is a very good producer.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @Fin NO! Nikolaj Coster-Waldau!

    Although I share your adoration for the Statham. ;)

    #3 9 months ago
  4. friedriceroni

    Great news, sounds like the perfect team to deliver the live action version of the great game. Hopefully it’ll be the start of a great trilogy that will enhance and keep the interest alive and encourage Naughty Dog to turn the franchise into a multi format title with at least two or three more episodes, and even more movies. As for the role of Joel, admirable as the other choices have been so far, I have to say that every time I watch Hostages, I always think that Dylan McDermott would be a natural choice. As for Ellie, I think that using an unknown would lend to the innocence and naivete that the role would require.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. YoungZer0

    If they have to do a movie, I hope it’s not a retelling of the original story. That would be a complete waste of time and money.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. The_Red

    This is a bad move. Ghost House and Screen Gems are responsible for usually cheap, C-grade horror pics. The Last of Us is the opposite of that: Expensive and A-grade.

    Seriously, Screen Gems is behind the freaking Resident Evil movies.

    #6 9 months ago

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