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Sam Raimi to produce movie of video game The Last of Us for Screen Gems

Mar. 6, 2014by:

Popular video game THE LAST OF US will be getting the big screen treatment, courtesy of Sam Raimi and Ghost House Pictures. Back in November there were rumblings that Sony was looking to adapt the horror video game and now we know it will be released via Screen Gems. Cast and crew are completely unknown at this early stage but expect there to be a high level of interest in the project based on the acclaim the game has garnered to date. We do know that creative director Neil Druckmann will work on the film the same way that he worked on the game.

Here is the synopsis for THE LAST OF US, the game:

Hardened survivor Joel teams with young and capable companion Ellie to journey through a radically transformed world some 20 years after an infectious pandemic ravages humanity.

Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper issued this statement about the deal.

Screen Gems 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. I am thrilled that SCEAs 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 realize Neils vision.

Having not played the game, I cannot speak as to whether a movie is even warranted, but based on the trailers, this could be along the lines of the OLDBOY remake. With video games like this and ASSASSIN'S CREED taking such a cinematic approach to their production, is a movie really necessary? The zombie/virus storyline in THE LAST OF US is a popular plot device these days, but the acclaim for the game comes primarily from the character development it displays.

I am always up for a quality zombie movie so here is hoping this one ends up a winner, despite being associated with the more middling productions from Ghost House.

Source: Deadline

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10:12PM on 03/07/2014

Whaaaaaa????

Possibly the best storyline in a game ever. The only other game with a kick ass story a well as a fun game was Halo for original xbox. Best game i have ever played. Scared the gell out of me a few times. The game was a movie to me. So i hope they pass on this. Now a dead space live action movie set like the first Alien move....that would be fun.
Possibly the best storyline in a game ever. The only other game with a kick ass story a well as a fun game was Halo for original xbox. Best game i have ever played. Scared the gell out of me a few times. The game was a movie to me. So i hope they pass on this. Now a dead space live action movie set like the first Alien move....that would be fun.
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12:49AM on 03/07/2014
Good luck living up to expectations. No movie will ever be as good as the game. This is like trying to cram 5 seasons of Breaking Bad into a two or three hour movie.
Good luck living up to expectations. No movie will ever be as good as the game. This is like trying to cram 5 seasons of Breaking Bad into a two or three hour movie.
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12:18AM on 03/07/2014
Good luck living up to expectations. No movie will ever be as good as the game. This is like trying to cram 5 seasons of Breaking Bad into a two or three hour movie.
Good luck living up to expectations. No movie will ever be as good as the game. This is like trying to cram 5 seasons of Breaking Bad into a two or three hour movie.
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12:10AM on 03/07/2014
This game is like playing a movie! No need to turn it into one. It's probably going to end up like world war z: have absolutely nothing to do with the source material other than the name.
This game is like playing a movie! No need to turn it into one. It's probably going to end up like world war z: have absolutely nothing to do with the source material other than the name.
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9:45PM on 03/06/2014
I haven't played the game but I heard its good. Is that a picture of Ellen page? I didn't know she was in this game. Sam Rami seems a good choice for this!
I haven't played the game but I heard its good. Is that a picture of Ellen page? I didn't know she was in this game. Sam Rami seems a good choice for this!
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12:42AM on 03/07/2014
It's not Ellen Page, but the company that made the game got in trouble for it looking so much like her.
It's not Ellen Page, but the company that made the game got in trouble for it looking so much like her.
2:14AM on 03/08/2014
oh. I'm surprised Ellen didn't sue for using her likeness, and not getting any money for it. Seems the least they could do is hire her for the role in the movie, if she would be a right fit for the role.
oh. I'm surprised Ellen didn't sue for using her likeness, and not getting any money for it. Seems the least they could do is hire her for the role in the movie, if she would be a right fit for the role.
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9:43PM on 03/06/2014

casting?

they'll shoot for Hugh Jackman and Ellen Page, and then settle for Gerard Butler and Chloe Moretz.
they'll shoot for Hugh Jackman and Ellen Page, and then settle for Gerard Butler and Chloe Moretz.
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8:30PM on 03/06/2014

Aaaaaah......f*ck.

The Last Of Us is one of - if not the best - videogames I've ever played. It's a lot better than a lot of movies that come out of Hollywood these days, so no, I'm not excited about this. Sam Raimi is pretty hit and miss, so that doesn't help either.
The Last Of Us is one of - if not the best - videogames I've ever played. It's a lot better than a lot of movies that come out of Hollywood these days, so no, I'm not excited about this. Sam Raimi is pretty hit and miss, so that doesn't help either.
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6:47PM on 03/06/2014
Well, at least it's Sam Raimi. His horror movies are fun.
You know, it would be kind of ironic if they cast Ellen Page but it would be hilariously awesome if Raimi would cast Bruce Campbell as Joel. :))
Well, at least it's Sam Raimi. His horror movies are fun.
You know, it would be kind of ironic if they cast Ellen Page but it would be hilariously awesome if Raimi would cast Bruce Campbell as Joel. :))
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7:43PM on 03/06/2014
How would it be ironic?
How would it be ironic?
8:01PM on 03/06/2014
It would be ironic because Ellen Page was upset that her likeness had been used, especially since she was in Beyond: Two Souls.
It would be ironic because Ellen Page was upset that her likeness had been used, especially since she was in Beyond: Two Souls.
5:13PM on 03/06/2014
Ellie to be played by Quvenzhan Wallis because Hollywood.
Ellie to be played by Quvenzhan Wallis because Hollywood.
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5:12PM on 03/06/2014
I can't say I'm totally against it, since I never played the game (don't own a PS3), just saw some videos on YouTube. We'll see.
I can't say I'm totally against it, since I never played the game (don't own a PS3), just saw some videos on YouTube. We'll see.
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5:05PM on 03/06/2014
I'm glad you guys who are opposed to this are opposed for the right reason - namely that the game already told an interactive movie and did it better than any 2 hour movie could. I was worried I was going to read some idiots claiming the game was overrated or stupid, and then I was going to have to go the inconvenience of finding out where you live and shitting on your lawn. With that said, I'll keep an open mind, but I'm not particularly sold on this idea.
I'm glad you guys who are opposed to this are opposed for the right reason - namely that the game already told an interactive movie and did it better than any 2 hour movie could. I was worried I was going to read some idiots claiming the game was overrated or stupid, and then I was going to have to go the inconvenience of finding out where you live and shitting on your lawn. With that said, I'll keep an open mind, but I'm not particularly sold on this idea.
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4:59PM on 03/06/2014
sooo... Ellen Page?
sooo... Ellen Page?
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4:08PM on 03/06/2014

great idea

I think this is a great idea and here's why. The story of this game is beyond extraordinary and it's a shame that the only way people would be able to experience it is by buying a PS3 and playing the game. This is a great way of getting it out to people who will never do that. Also, the fact that one of the writers for the game is writing the screenplay as well should alleviate any worries that it won't live up to the source material. Attach a decent director and you're good to go.
I think this is a great idea and here's why. The story of this game is beyond extraordinary and it's a shame that the only way people would be able to experience it is by buying a PS3 and playing the game. This is a great way of getting it out to people who will never do that. Also, the fact that one of the writers for the game is writing the screenplay as well should alleviate any worries that it won't live up to the source material. Attach a decent director and you're good to go.
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3:40PM on 03/06/2014
It would be hilarious if they cast Ellen Page.
It would be hilarious if they cast Ellen Page.
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3:41PM on 03/06/2014
Yeah lol, but she's kinda old despite her young looks.
Yeah lol, but she's kinda old despite her young looks.
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3:31PM on 03/06/2014

I love Last of Us, but...

isn't the game pretty much a long interactive movie?

I'm keeping an open mind and will see how it goes.
isn't the game pretty much a long interactive movie?

I'm keeping an open mind and will see how it goes.
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3:14PM on 03/06/2014

F*CK THIS

Seriously. This game was better than 99% of the movies Hollywood releases. Why ruin it?
Seriously. This game was better than 99% of the movies Hollywood releases. Why ruin it?
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2:59PM on 03/06/2014

Really?

Please stop trying to make video games into movies. While the horror element was part of this game, it was the story and the connection and relationship that built up between Joel and Ellie that made this game. Also, this game is almost an interactive movie. Completely unnecessary.
Please stop trying to make video games into movies. While the horror element was part of this game, it was the story and the connection and relationship that built up between Joel and Ellie that made this game. Also, this game is almost an interactive movie. Completely unnecessary.
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