Yup, It’s Official: The Last of Us Movie is in Development at Screen Gems, with Sam Raimi Attached as a Producer
Oh come now, you shouldn’t be so surprised. In my mind this news was inevitable from the very first moment The Last of Us was unveiled at the Spike Video Game Awards some years ago. Sony clearly loves Naughty Dog, and Naughty Dog clearly loves film—I mean, there’s an argument to be made that both Uncharted and The Last of Us share more in common with film than with traditional video games. Add on the huge sales for the game, the mega popular success of The Walking Dead, and about a billion other factors, it was only a matter of time before this headline popped up: The Last of Us is officially being turned into a movie, and Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is the first person to be attached to it.
But not the only one! In addition to Raimi, there’s a bunch of Naughty Dog folks working on the big screen adaptation: both Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, alongside Game Director Bruce Staley, are also serving as producers on the film. But maybe most tantalizing is the fact that Neil Druckmann, creative director of the game, is producing as well as penning the script for the big screen feature. Screen Gems is of course distributing the film, and Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures will produce it. Here’s Evan Wells take on the partnership:
“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.”
I haven’t really read much reaction to this news yet, but I can already imagine the internet whining about how video-game adaptations never work, or how it’s a waste of time to adapt the game to film. But though I’m surely in the minority here, I’m psyched for this. Throughout my entire time playing the game I always thought it would be wonderful to see this universe on the big screen, and the involvement of Druckmann and Raimi certainly gives me reason to believe this is an adaptation worth undertaking. Honestly, the only thing that bums me out about this news is that Raimi is just producing the film—I never thought about it right now, but he would be an absolutely perfect fit for the horror, quasi-zombie elements of this universe. With luck, he’ll find enough tantalizing things about the project to just do the film itself, which would be amazing to see. Dude certainly needs a grand project after the just okay Oz: The Great and Powerful.
But enough Raimi, who would you chose to direct the film? As for should star in it, don’t worry, I already got you covered: check back next week for a list of who I would cast in The Last of Us movie. It’s actually a list I developed like seven months ago, but was waiting to release until this exact news broke out. Yeah, once again, this was an inevitability. But I for one am excited to see what can come out of this. How bout you?