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The Last of Us hits the big screen

Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann, creative director on the game, will pen the script for the Screen Gems movie

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, which swept the D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas last month, is getting the Hollywood treatment. According to Variety, Sony Pictures is looking to its Screen Gems label to bring the critically acclaimed adventure to the silver screen, but to maintain the IP's integrity, the game's creators will be heavily involved.

Neil Druckmann, the creative director on The Last of Us, will write the script for the film, while Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra will produce. They will also collaborate with game director Bruce Straley and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi.

"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 Last of Us has sold well over 4 million units on the PS3, and the folks at Naughty Dog are currently considering a sequel. GamesIndustry International has reached out to Sony for further comment on the movie. We'll update this story with any new information.

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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd2 years ago
Game-to-film adaptations never seem to do it for me, unless it is all in CGI. I love The Last of Us, it's possibly my favourite game of all time, but I'm skeptical about this. We shall see...
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Istvan Fabian Principal Engineer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe2 years ago
Silent Hill was good, better say nothing about the rest...
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Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital2 years ago
If there is one game that could work as a film adaptation, it is The Last of Us... given the right director, budget, cast and screenplay. Since the makers of the game are deeply involved, this could actually end up being good.
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Richard Browne Partner & Head of Interactive, Many Rivers Productions2 years ago
I just hope they don't change a thing from the storyline ; that would be ballsy for Hollywood. I also hope they don't break Neil, writing a screenplay for a studio is a very painful experience.
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Eric Leisy VR Production Designer, Nike2 years ago
This doesn't seem necessary at all. In fact, it seems bizarre to me. The Last of Us is the RESULT of inspiration taken from many movies and books and ideas that have come before it. This all came together to create what is an outstanding video game experience. The apocalyptic 'zombie' genre is quite crowded on the game landscape, and it is just as crowded in the movie landscape additionally. I don't see how this is a good expenditure of resources. What does Naughty Dog think that it could accomplish that hasn't already been accomplished. I would argue the point that TLOU is actually "The Road" in another form. The Road tells a strikingly similar story of a parent and child figure surviving against all odds. I mean you could ALMOST argue TLOU was literally based off The Road. The Book of ELI also seems really similar to these storylines. It wouldn't be hard to continue naming more movies like this.

TLOU was an awesome game, and I have complete confidence in Naught Dogs ability to tell a story and create a video game. To make a movie based off of this, admittedly, excellent property doesn't seem like it needs to be done - if only for the fact, that the movie already has been done. Many times over.
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 2 years ago
Eric, by your argument it was also not "necessary at all" for Shakespeare to write Hamlet, since that had also "already been done."
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Axel Cushing Games Editor 2 years ago
@Eric
The movie version is for those who don't want to put in the time to play the game.
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