THE LAST OF US Getting Live Action Treatment

Deadline has broke the news that The Last of Us, is officially getting a movie. Screen Gems will distribute a live action version of the Naughty Dog game. Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House Pictures will produce. Hit the jump for more details...

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By McNyagano - 3/6/2014


That's right folks,the game is finally getting live action treatment. "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," Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper. Creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann will be writing the script. Here's the full press release..

Screen Gems will 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.

Clint Culpepper, Screen Gems’ President, stated, “Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it. 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. And Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil’s vision.”

“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,” said Evan Wells, Naughty Dog’s Co-President. “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.”

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.

The Last of Us has received worldwide recognition for its innovation in storytelling and gameplay, garnering over 200 global Game of the Year awards from notable outlets such as USA Today, E! Online, Yahoo!, and IGN. The post-apocalyptic video game also took home 10 wins at this year’s Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences D.I.C.E. Awards – including Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming and Character Performance. Additionally, The Last of Us also won a Writers Guild of America award for “Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games” and leads nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Video Game (BAFTA) Awards with 10.

In addition to The Last of US, Naughty Dog recently released their first-ever story expansion, The Last of US: Left Behind, a prologue to the game’s single player campaign available exclusively for the PS3™ system. For more information about The Last of Us and Left Behind, visit the PlayStation blog or the official game site http://www.thelastofus.playstation.com/


What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to the film?
Source: Deadline
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Yutz - 3/6/2014, 12:13 PM
I need a dolla dolla dolla thats what I need.
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Yutz - 3/6/2014, 12:16 PM
Close off that HTML boy.
Blanka1212 - 3/6/2014, 12:24 PM
....I mean. Why?

The game was essentially a movie. An adaptation would only be a watered down bastardized version.
MexicanChinman - 3/6/2014, 12:24 PM
I love The Last of Us, but I don't know how I feel about this. At least the script was written by the writer for the game. Please no Sam Rami for this project.
hoperidesalone - 3/6/2014, 12:24 PM
"Finally getting live action treatment" - You say that like we've been waiting years. The game was released less than a [frick]ing year ago. A+ Journalism!
ALegendaryPanda - 3/6/2014, 12:26 PM
That's awesome! I really want to play this game but my ps3 is a [frick]ing brick :(
Kurne - 3/6/2014, 12:26 PM
Who wants to bet Chloe Moretz's name comes up for Ellie... :P
McNyagano - 3/6/2014, 12:26 PM
Calm down guys eeiissshhh -_- I changed the title.
MexicanChinman - 3/6/2014, 12:27 PM
@AlphaFlexXx, get the frick out of here with that bs. Just because it didn't have explosions to keep your attention, it dosen't mean it was boring.
TelaVizion - 3/6/2014, 12:28 PM
I just hope the Assassin's Creed game comes out before this does.
ReeferInferno - 3/6/2014, 12:28 PM
Hugh Jackman for Joel!!
DefcoN - 3/6/2014, 12:29 PM
Hell yeah! One of the best games I've ever played!
ALegendaryPanda - 3/6/2014, 12:30 PM
I'm just happy studios are actually trying to make GOOD videogame adaptations now.
ReeferInferno - 3/6/2014, 12:30 PM
And Ellen Page as Ellie


Spoilers from Left Behind
Anyone else think the gay thing was coincidental, like they knew before Page came out?
Yutz - 3/6/2014, 12:34 PM
Ignore Alpha, she's on her period.
MexicanChinman - 3/6/2014, 12:37 PM
@AlphaFlexXx, The Last of Us is not a "zombie" game. Even Naughty Dog has said that. The game is about the relationship between the main characters and their will to survive.
ALegendaryPanda - 3/6/2014, 12:37 PM


I would kill to see this on the big screen!
DEVLIN712 - 3/6/2014, 12:39 PM
While it was a good game, I think TLoU was a bit over rated
MecoBoy - 3/6/2014, 12:46 PM
no mamen, el juego era una pelicula en su propia forma, pinche Hollywood, siempre cagando el palo. Pero con esto, nomas ay una persona que puede ser la peli justicia: Alfonso Cuaron

DEATHbyEXILE - 3/6/2014, 12:49 PM
Still no GOW film
MrMartinMarvel - 3/6/2014, 12:51 PM
This could be good, but the game is already basically a movie, and a damn good one at that.
MexicanChinman - 3/6/2014, 12:52 PM
@AlphaFlexXx, calm down internet tough guy.
MecoBoy - 3/6/2014, 12:53 PM
@BlackJack

charlie2094 - 3/6/2014, 12:57 PM
Awesome stuff! Imagine if they got Ellen Page in it :P

Great story, be great to see it on the big screen
DefcoN - 3/6/2014, 12:57 PM
This movie could have a lot of potential, just don't go the PG-13 way.
TopCat89 - 3/6/2014, 12:59 PM
@ReeferInferno


Yes Hugh and Ellen are great choices.....they're great actors, they of course have the look and i'd like to see the chemistry between the two on screen....



CaptainObvious - 3/6/2014, 1:00 PM
Ellen Page is too old to play Ellie. It would be best to search for an unknown actress.
themidnightking - 3/6/2014, 1:01 PM
@Kurne
I was thinking Chloe Moretz also, but Hugh Jackman NEEDS to play Joel
DEATHbyEXILE - 3/6/2014, 1:02 PM
DEATHbyEXILE - 3/6/2014, 1:06 PM
@MrSidDiManSloth
Yeah, one of, if not the best scene in Super.
TheRationalNerd - 3/6/2014, 1:07 PM
Hugh Jackman and Ellen Page!

Josh Brolin and Ellen Page!

Hugh Jackman and Chloe Moretz!

Josh Brolin and Chloe Moretz!

Any of those combinations and I'm DOWN without a doubt!!!!! :)
themidnightking - 3/6/2014, 1:18 PM
Did anyone else scream at what happened to Boltie in Super?
Ramiel - 3/6/2014, 1:33 PM
@themidnightking

I did not see that coming. It was a shocker.
themidnightking - 3/6/2014, 1:33 PM
@Sid
I screamed like a bitch. It affected me like none other too
themidnightking - 3/6/2014, 1:35 PM
@TheHeat
I know, before the reveal I was like "Shit's gettin real!" then Rainn flipped Boltie over and my expression matched Rainn's
Buu - 3/6/2014, 1:57 PM
The Last of Us bored me, but to be fair, I don't really like linear games like Uncharted or The Last of Us.
Buu - 3/6/2014, 1:58 PM
I hope Sony makes an inFamous movie. I'd love to see a Titanfall movie too.
Klone - 3/6/2014, 2:01 PM
Masterpiece of a game.
themidnightking - 3/6/2014, 2:02 PM
@Batmaniac
If they make a Titanfall movie, I will shit my pants
Klone - 3/6/2014, 2:03 PM
@Batmaniac

I can understand where you're coming from. It was slow and could have had some elements worked on but I loved it for the most part. The ending was very well handled. It wasn't predictable or sad or happy. It simply had a very empty feel to it. I want to see a continuous of this specific story but knowing ND they will do new characters instead.
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