Screen Gems and Sam Raimi Team to Adapt 'Last of Us' Video Game
The building block game Minecraft just got picked up for film treatment, and now the hit Playstation 3 video game The Last of Us is poised to hit the big screen as well. Deadline has word that Screen Gems, the company behind the Resident Evil franchise, will distribute a live-action adaptation of the pandemic ravaged open world game with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner producing. The game studio Naughty Dog will have their co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra working as the "creative architects" along with the game's creative director Neil Druckmann and director Bruce Straley.
For those who don't know anything about The Last of Us, here's a cool game trailer:
The game follows two characters, hardened survivor Joel and the young and capable Ellie, who join forces to try and survive in a radically transformed world some 20 years after an infectious pandemic has ravaged humanity. Joel had a life before the pandemic, while the world of the pandemic is all that Ellie has ever known. As part of Joel's job to smuggle Ellie out of the quarantine zone, they have to make it past roving gangs of human scavengers not unlike themselves, military installations and infected civilians. The game is intense and has a great story that could certainly be turned into a cool movie. Video game movies haven't had much luck, but maybe Raimi can round up some great talent to make it work. Thoughts?