The Last of Us movie is adaptation of game, Druckmann confirms

Thursday, 13th March 2014 10:39 GMT By Dave Cook

The Last of Us scribe Neil Druckmann has confirmed that Naughty Dog’s movie adaptation will re-tell the plot of the PS3 game.

Speaking with IGN after last night’s game BAFTAs – which saw The Last of Us scoop five awards – Druckmann confirmed that the film would adapt the game’s story, rather than tell an off-shoot tale from elsewhere in the world.

“It’s an adaptation of the story of The Last of Us,” he told the site. “As far as where we go and how we make it fit into a film, how it takes into account the unique properties of film… We’re not sure yet. We’re only just scratching the surface.”

He added that Naughty Dog is working on another multiplayer DLC drop, that will complete the game’s season pass slate.

When asked about the recently-confirmed The Last of Us 2 brainstorming sessions at the studio, Druckmann replied, “We don’t know yet. We’re still trying to figure it out. We’re brainstorming some stuff, so we’ll see where that goes.”

It follows Troy Baker’s enthusiasm for a sequel. When asked if he’d return to voice Joel, he said “Of course.”



  1. KAP

    I was optimistic in a Last Of Us film with Druckmann & Straley involved but making the movie of the events of the game IS a mistake. Specially when the game was so close to a film anyway.

    It’s kind like a fuck you to all the gamers who were really moved by the actors performers from the game.

    Real bad Idea, they should just make a whole new story within the world.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. the Bridgeburner


    Completely agree. This serves no one but people who haven’t or are unwilling to play the game. The acting was phenomenal as is, and chances are the performances will be sub-par in the film when both are compared.

    It really should have been set in the same world, but tackled from a different angle and perspective. A stand-alone tale. Now, I don’t give a flying frig about this ‘movie’.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    The Last Of Us is already a movie with horrible AI and primitive stealth elements. Why bother?

    #3 7 months ago
  4. fihar

    It does seem like a pointless affair doesn’t it?
    What’s next? An Alan Wake tv show?

    #4 7 months ago
  5. YoungZer0

    That is a huge mistake. They should’ve tried to write a new story instead.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. Selderane

    And if they did an original story and it wasn’t as good as the game’s you’d all be saying, “They should have just done the story from the game! It was pretty much a movie anyway.”

    Which is why people like you are routinely ignored; there’s no pleasing you and you understand nothing about the film business.

    It’s precisely because the story is solid and the game is much like a film already that it’s even being considered for adaptation. By your rationale no popular books should be directly adapted, only original stories set in their universes should get film treatment.

    That’s bunk.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. zoopdeloop

    @6 +1
    although i don’t see it happening at all.Where’s that Uncharted movie? :)

    #7 7 months ago
  8. Panthro


    Stop crying.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. YoungZer0



    #9 7 months ago
  10. dazedonthemoon


    I’m with you on this. I see what the others are saying but it’s because of the filmlike qualities of the game that it has a chance at being a good movie. Otherwise like most video game and comic adaptations it would get a thousand script rewrites , go through years of developement he’ll and multiple directors before it turns into The Last Airbender 2.

    #10 7 months ago
  11. Obernox

    Just remove all the gameplay sections in the game and boom, you got a movie :D

    #11 7 months ago


    WHY, the game is SOOO good it can be its own film from playing it. i was so engrossed with the characters i really cared about them when i was playing, it didn’t feel like a game.

    I really was hoping it would be based off new characters or have it based off David. The Game its own and the film focused on David. And maybe have a cameo cross or something.

    man im pissed about this news now.

    #12 7 months ago
  13. Rosseu

    I’d still watch it :)

    #13 7 months ago
  14. Panthro

    It should be a TV series, when you have such an amount of content to tell movies just never hit the mark properly unless they intend to do sequels…

    Im not saying they should tell every little thing that happened in the game but if I am going to like it I want to see all the major events in all the right environments, big budget filmakers/ producers today like to just skip to the voilence and leave everything else out because they think it sells more…

    I hope they scrap all these plans and turn it into a TV series, fingers crossed.

    #14 7 months ago

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