“The Last of Us” is a popular video game for the Playstation console. Developed by Naughty Dog and released in 2013, the concept, story and execution of the game has earned critical success that it was no surprise movie outfits were interested in adapting this into film. At the recently held San Diego Comic-Con 2014, director and producer Sam Raimi has confirmed that its film production is currently underway. Read further to learn more about “The Last of Us” movie development.
Working on the script for the adaptation of the video game is Neil Druckman, who is also the creative director of Naughty Dog, which owns the franchise for “The Last of Us.” The story in the film will follow the same plot as the video game, which features a single father, Joel, who is trying to navigate to a safe place with his daughter Ellie, as the world has been overrun with zombies. The setting takes place in 2033. Much like the game, the film will be character-centric, with horror and suspense themes.
According to Joystiq, when the idea of developing the game into film was set, Druckmann initially wanted a different opening and ending so that it sets apart from the game. But Raimi, who will produce “The Last of Us” movie, convinced the writer to stick with the source.
Naughty Dog was apparently already in talks with “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams to play the part of Ellie. But so far, there has been no confirmation on whether she has accepted the role or not. When a fan first brought up the idea to Maisie on Twitter last April, the actress responded that she would never say no to the part if asked.
— Christian Nava (@Viscant) April 16, 2014
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 18, 2014
On the first week of its video game launch, “The Last of Us” sold 1.3 million units. By July, over seven million copies have been sold all over the world. Naughty Dog first developed the project in 2009, and it has been named “Game of the Year” by numerous gaming publications upon its launch.
So there you have it for the latest updates about “The Last of Us,” which will be getting a movie treatment under director and producer Sam Raimi. Check out the video below to give you an idea of how the game introduction played out.
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