Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” which was one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful video games of 2013, is coming to the big screen.
Screen Gems, the studio behind the “Resident Evil” films, signed a deal to distribute the film, which is being produced by Sam Raimi and his company Ghost House Pictures. The screenplay will be written by the Creative Director of the game Neil Druckmann, who is also producing alongside Naughty Dog Co-Presidents’ Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra and Naughty Dog Game Director Bruce Straley.
President of Screen Gems Clint Culpepper had this to say:
“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. 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.”
Wells had this to say:
“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, 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 is a brief synopsis of the game: It’s 2033, 20 years after an outbreak of a deadly virus. A man named Joel has to take care of Ellie- a young girl who may be the key to curing the virus. The two travel across the United States to reach a resistance group known as the Fireflies. However along the way they need to defend themselves from the infected as well as criminals and cannibals.
The game took home over 200 global Game of the Year awards from well-known media outlets and has been praised for its innovation in storytelling and gameplay. It also received ten awards at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences D.I.C.E. Awards, including Game of Year and Outstanding Innovation in Gaming and Character Performance. In addition the game also received ten award nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Video game Awards. Druckmann received a Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Achivement in Writing for Video Games.
Are you looking forward to a “The Last of Us” movie? Who do you think should play Joel and Ellie? Leave your thoughts in the comments.