11 Mar – Naughty Dog's critically acclaimed action-adventure survival horror video game "The Last Of Us" is heading to the big screen, with the film to be produced by director-producer Sam Raimi.
According to NZ Herald, Sam Raimi and Ghost House Pictures will produce the film along with Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, and game director Bruce Straley. As for the script, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann will be in charge.
Meanwhile, Screen Gems will handle distribution rights for the popular video game.
"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," said Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper.
The announcement of the upcoming "The Last Of Us" film has divided fans, but Troy Baker, who voiced and performed motion capture for the video game's lead character Joel is optimistic.
"From experience I trust implicitly everyone at Naughty Dog," he said.
"From Christophe to Evan to Bruce Straley to Neil Druckmann. To everyone who liked that game, you need to trust what they're doing. I know that if it wasn't going to be something that accurately represents that story, they wouldn't do it."
It is highly doubtful, however, that Baker and Ashley Johnson, who voiced and motion captured for the second lead character Ellie, will be reprising their roles as they look far too different from their characters.
"The Last Of Us" was first tipped for a film adaptation in November when Sony Pictures registered the domains TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net.
The film tells the story of Joel, a single father who is trekking across a post-apocalyptic United States in 2033, in order to escort the young Ellie to a resistance group, the Fireflies, who believe Ellie may be the key to curing an infection that has ravaged the world. Along the way, they combat zombie-like creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus, as well as hostile humans such as bandits and cannibals.