Award winning game The Last of Us is getting the movie treatment, with Naughty Dog’s very own Creative Director Neil Druckmann penning the script.
Co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra and the game’s director Bruce Straley will be pitching in as creative architects, so it’s clear that the movie is in good hands.
Sam Raimi and his company Ghost House Pictures will be co-producing the movie alongside Screen Gems, and Raimi is famous for directing films such as the original Spider-Man trilogy, Evil Dead and Oz the Great and Powerful. Screen Gems are best known for distributing the Underworld and Resident Evil movies.
Screen Gem’s president Clink Culpper stated, “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 [senior vice president] 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 realise Neil’s vision.”
Evan Wells is happy with the teams he’s working with, and Naughty Dog had apparently been in talks about creating a movie since the games release.
Now that the movie is confirmed, who would you like to play Joel and Ellie? It seems that Ellen Page and Naughty Dog have had a falling out after she slated them for using her likeness, so it may crush many a fans dreams that she most likely won’t be in it. Chloe Grace Moretz could play a good Ellie, perhaps with Hugh Jackman or Josh Brolin to play Joel.