Film versions of The Last of Us and Uncharted are still in the plan, but work on both projects seems to have come to a standstill.
In January 2015, it was said the script for The Last of Us was coming along “really well”, and actors had completed a read through of the first draft. It seems things haven’t gone much further than that, though.
Speaking with IGN, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann said there hasn’t been “any work done” on The Last of Us adaptation “in over a year and a half.”
“I know I said in an interview a while back we had a table read, got the script to a good place and it kind of entered development hell like these things tend to do,” he said.
The Screen Gems project is being produced by Evil Dead and Spider-Man franchise director Sam Raimi, and while cast members have yet to be confirmed, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was suggested for the character Ellie. Williams said at the time she would be very interested in part.
As far as Nathan Drake’s screen debut is concerned, Druckmann said since a new screenwriter was hired for the Uncharted film, the team hasn’t seen anything from Sony in a while. Previous drafts had been submitted in the past, with Naughty Dog marking what it thought worked and didn’t due to the core relationships having to be “just right.”
“Last I heard is they got a new screenwriter, but we haven’t seen anything in a while,” he said. “The most important part to get right is Nathan Drake, Nathan Drake’s relationship with Elena and Nathan Drake’s relationship with Sullivan. If you don’t get that right, I don’t think the film’s going to work.”
A report from November 2014 stated The Hurt Locker’s Mark Boal had been brought in to provide a “three-week production polish” with Safe House writer David Guggenheim in charge of the script.
Uncharted was slated to begin filming in early 2015 per previous reports with Sony pegging it for a June 30, 2017 theatrical release. Prior to that, it was reportedly set to hit theaters in June 2016.
The Uncharted film’s history has been a rocky one from the start, and you can catch up on all that has occurred since it was announced through the film’s page stub.