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Sam Raimi's The Last of Us movie will focus on Joel and Ellie's story

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The Last of Us game director Neil Druckmann is currently working on the script for the Sam Raimi produced feature film adaptation, and in an interview with MCV, Druckmann says it hasn't been an easy task. Although he's had to cut a few things and it won't be exactly like the video game, Druckmann says he is really focusing on Joel and Ellie's relationship from the game for the movie.

In two hours you can't tell the same kind of story that you can in a game like The Last of Us, which is 15 hours...I'm in the middle of it now, and it's been super difficult because there's so much that happens in The Last of Us – even just in the cinematics – that can't fit in a film, let alone all the gameplay in-between and dialogue.

It almost has this novel quality as far as how much content there is. And a film works really well when it's laser-focused, so the first part of it was like: well, what is this story really about? It's clearly about Joel and Ellie. What are the most important beats that we can't lose? Start with those, and cut everything else out.

It's been really difficult to cut certain things out, but what I'm starting to get this is really focused narrative that's about these two characters. Some parts will be similar to the game and some parts will be quite different, but it's kind of interesting in helping me understand this other medium and its strengths compared to video games.

Some believe the narratives in video games aren't as strong as those in books and movies, but Neil Druckmann thinks they are just as good, if not better. Druckmann also shared his thoughts on how playing a video game is a different experience compared to reading a novel or watching a film.

I think it's just our perception. In many ways games surpass those other mediums...Fatal Frame 2 is the scariest kind of experience in any medium; I haven't seen a movie that comes close to the fear I feel when I play that game. Ico has me connecting to another character in a way that no book ever has. Likewise, a lot of games can make you feel guilt, make you take actions that you don't necessarily want to take, but you have to in order to proceed, and that's something a film can never do.

Different mediums have different strengths, and games just have this bad perception that they're slowly overcoming. One of the kind of things I'm trying to do is promote the idea that games are this compelling narrative form, just as strong as any of these other mediums.

Glad to see THE LAST OF US won't just be set in the video game's universe, since one of the things many people loved about the game was Joel and Ellie's relationship. I've never played The Last of Us, but I've watched one of my friends play it a bunch, and I think if done right, it could be a fantastic film.

Sam Raimi has met with Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams for the lead role in THE LAST OF US, and I'm hoping she does end up officially joining the project. As to who will be playing Joel, apparently Neil Druckmann (who according to sources, has complete creative control over the film) and the producers are interested in actors like Hugh Jackman and Josh Brolin. Who would you like to see play Joel in THE LAST OF US?

Source: MCV

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6:57PM on 08/11/2014

500 to 1 odds casting...

WIll and WIllow Smith
WIll and WIllow Smith
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9:12PM on 08/11/2014
I laughed. Well done there.
I laughed. Well done there.
2:38PM on 08/11/2014
How about Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels for Joel?
How about Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels for Joel?
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2:06PM on 08/11/2014
Thomas Jane for Joel!
Thomas Jane for Joel!
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12:25PM on 08/11/2014
Fantastic game and i'm looking forward to a movie especially since Neil Druckmann is involved. As for who should play the lead, I think you give Dylan McDermott a beard with some grays and that dude is a spiting image of Joel. [link]
Fantastic game and i'm looking forward to a movie especially since Neil Druckmann is involved. As for who should play the lead, I think you give Dylan McDermott a beard with some grays and that dude is a spiting image of Joel. [link]
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12:10PM on 08/11/2014
As the article states, they're looking at Maisie Williams for Ellie, which sounds quite encouraging. I think it's a good sign that Druckmann is working on the script instead of being locked out of the project altogether. It most probably will be rewritten by a "go-to" industry screenwriter, but this means his input is, at the very least, wanted if not valued.
As the article states, they're looking at Maisie Williams for Ellie, which sounds quite encouraging. I think it's a good sign that Druckmann is working on the script instead of being locked out of the project altogether. It most probably will be rewritten by a "go-to" industry screenwriter, but this means his input is, at the very least, wanted if not valued.
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11:48AM on 08/11/2014
Ellen Page should be Ellie. Or Ashley Johnson.
Ellen Page should be Ellie. Or Ashley Johnson.
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12:08PM on 08/11/2014
No and No
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2:14PM on 08/11/2014
Page is to old and she accused them of using her image for the game, so it's very unlikely.
Page is to old and she accused them of using her image for the game, so it's very unlikely.
11:09AM on 08/11/2014
Bruce Campbell for Joel.
Bruce Campbell for Joel.
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12:12PM on 08/11/2014
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10:25AM on 08/11/2014
"In two hours you can't tell the same kind of story that you can in a game like The Last of Us, which is 15 hours..."

And that's exactly why you needn't try. The narrative already exists in a perfect visual and audio form, there's no need to do anything with it, it can be experienced as fully as it was meant to, and has been, by many. A two hour sum up of it can only disappoint, same can be said for most narrative focused games. It's not as if the game is decades old and thus unplayable to a
"In two hours you can't tell the same kind of story that you can in a game like The Last of Us, which is 15 hours..."

And that's exactly why you needn't try. The narrative already exists in a perfect visual and audio form, there's no need to do anything with it, it can be experienced as fully as it was meant to, and has been, by many. A two hour sum up of it can only disappoint, same can be said for most narrative focused games. It's not as if the game is decades old and thus unplayable to a new audience either, it's literally just been re-released in even higher quality than it's original release a year ago.

This is baffling, if you want to adapt something go back to older generations of games with simple stories and less complex narratives so that you can fill in your own. Adapt Streets of Rage or something.
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10:25AM on 08/11/2014

I'm all for it

Absolutely loved the game. Everything about it. Hope they stick with the same music too, such a good soundtrack. And I could totally see Hugh Jackman as Joel. Great choice.
Absolutely loved the game. Everything about it. Hope they stick with the same music too, such a good soundtrack. And I could totally see Hugh Jackman as Joel. Great choice.
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9:44AM on 08/11/2014
I'm very cautious of this adaptation, but I cannot help to be excited. And the director seems to be caring. I really hope it will end the horrible video game adaptation rep.
I'm very cautious of this adaptation, but I cannot help to be excited. And the director seems to be caring. I really hope it will end the horrible video game adaptation rep.
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9:33AM on 08/11/2014

The game is over rated.

The story to this game is so cut and paste, I would rather everyone here just (re)watch The Road. That was pretty much LoU but without the horrible transport an immune girl from point A to B subplot.
The story to this game is so cut and paste, I would rather everyone here just (re)watch The Road. That was pretty much LoU but without the horrible transport an immune girl from point A to B subplot.
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12:22PM on 08/11/2014
Haters gonna hate. And submit a comment to something they don't even like.
Haters gonna hate. And submit a comment to something they don't even like.
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