Sam Raimi Producing ‘The Last of Us’ Adaptation for Sony!

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Confirming our report from last November, Screen Gems will officially 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.

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.

  • Trioxin83

    Nice, but will Ellen Page play Ellie? heh

    • SaturdayThe14th

      Stoked for this. Ellen Page for Ellie and Dylan Mcdermott for Joel.

      • divisionbell

        And fede Alvarez to direct so we get a nice intense film with good fx, but a better script than evil dead.

      • joeshmo447

        DylanMcdermott would be perfect for that role! Wow just blew my mind

  • doomas10

    Interesting. With Raimi on board it would be nice to see some R-rating. I hope though they keep the strong political points of the film and do not water it down. Also, I trust they are not going to infuse the film with too many infect. What worked at Last of Us was the story of survival with emphasis on the human element rather than astonishing and fast paced action

  • undertaker78

    Hell yeah. Bring it on Raimi.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Dylan McDermott is one of two people who can play Joel. They NEED to get him. The only other person who could play Joel effectively is Troy Baker, but they would need to dye his hair and age him by about 20 years. He looks so young for his age. As for Ellen Page, as much as I would love to see her play Ellie, Ellie is 14 years old. I don’t know if I would want them changing a character from teenager to adult. It just seems weird. I mean, maybe they could pull it off, but we’ll just have to wait and see I guess. I do really love Ellen Page. The Last of Us is such an amazing game that they just have to get everything right for this film. I love the game so much and it really gets me excited that the Creative Director is on board for the movie. So psyched for this.

  • QuaidMatrix

    I really am in two mind’s here! I love the ending to the main game and don’t want a sequel with Joel and Ellie. Left Behind was a great add on that fleshed out Ellie’s back story as did the comic. Their story is done.
    I just can’t imagine the last of us with out the brilliant voices.. maybe a adult animated movie could work? I think that’s the only way i could get really excited for this.
    On a positive note it’s great that Neil Druckmann is involved. Gustavo Santaolalla need’s to be involved please..

  • Turisas

    Last Of Us was really good and one of the videogame IP:s that propably going to transfer nicely to the big screen. With Raimi involved i’m optimistic about this.

  • EvilDead-Deuce

    Better be a Bruce cameo in there somewhere…