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04.06.2016
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Last year a movie based on The Last of Us video game seemed like a sure thing, and although Sony's Uncharted film hasn't been able to move past the development stage, it is scheduled to open on June 30, 2017. But neither project has seen much movement as of late, and Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann gave a rather discouraging update on both of them during a conversation with IGN.

Druckmann on THE LAST OF US:

I know I said in an interview a while back we had a table read, got the script to a good place and it kind of entered development hell like these things tend to do. There hasn't been any work done on it in over a year and a half.

As for UNCHARTED, Druckmann said, "Every once in a while they'll come in and they'll present to us: here's the script, here's what we're thinking. We'll tell them what we think works, what we think doesn't work. That's where we're at. Last I heard is they got a new screenwriter, but we haven't seen anything in a while."

I highly doubt that UNCHARTED will make its current release date, since it doesn't even have a director yet, however it certainly doesn't sound like either film is anywhere close to heading into production. What do you think will happen with the planned video game adaptations?

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the fourth and final installment in the Uncharted series, will hit shelves on May 10, 2016.

Source: IGN

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8:45AM on 04/07/2016
The problem with doing movies of these games is that films very similar to these already exist - the game exists as an interactive version of the cinematic experience. Take away the fact you're playing a game and you're left with a Indiana Jones knockoff and another surviving the mutant zombie apocalypse setup. Until recently I'd've said The Last Of Us had more legs as an adaptable game concept because the freaky fungus mutated humans are still relatively original enough to sell the series to
The problem with doing movies of these games is that films very similar to these already exist - the game exists as an interactive version of the cinematic experience. Take away the fact you're playing a game and you're left with a Indiana Jones knockoff and another surviving the mutant zombie apocalypse setup. Until recently I'd've said The Last Of Us had more legs as an adaptable game concept because the freaky fungus mutated humans are still relatively original enough to sell the series to non gamers, but now I'd also say the Uncharted series is actually reasonably well positioned to usurp the Indiana Jones franchise as the treasure-hunting franchise de jour, because it seems like Harrison Ford's next turn as Indy will be his last and movie fans will probably never accept anyone else in the role. That's not to say anyone else couldn't greenlight very similar concepts, but seeing as Hollywood is currently obsessed with brand recognition (if people have heard of it, it can be a movie) I'd say it's the ideal time for these games to be adapted. If they can focus on the core elements and build great stories around them instead of only trying to appeal to the gamer audience, these are two potential franchises that are still worth pushing forward with.
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10:07PM on 04/06/2016
At this point, probably they should just quit trying. It will never live up to expectations anyway.
At this point, probably they should just quit trying. It will never live up to expectations anyway.
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9:16PM on 04/06/2016
well at least they didn't say that their not doing them. the Last Of Us is a great game. I still think Nathan Fillion would be great in Uncharted!
well at least they didn't say that their not doing them. the Last Of Us is a great game. I still think Nathan Fillion would be great in Uncharted!
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3:45PM on 04/06/2016

Developement Hell!

These movies are never happening.
These movies are never happening.
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12:51PM on 04/06/2016
instead of a movie for The Last of Us, they should do a series for netflix or a channel like FX that can get away with the violence. Seems like it would be too hard to fit a 10 to 13 hour game into a 2 hour movie. With a show, they can develop it more
instead of a movie for The Last of Us, they should do a series for netflix or a channel like FX that can get away with the violence. Seems like it would be too hard to fit a 10 to 13 hour game into a 2 hour movie. With a show, they can develop it more
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11:20AM on 04/06/2016
The Last of Us movie could be great, the game's story was perfect. What needs to be changed? They should be using the exact same script. I don't understand why everything needs to be changed all the time when it comes to Hollywood. Hell, how many attempts have they made on I Am Legend? Just follow the damn book!
The Last of Us movie could be great, the game's story was perfect. What needs to be changed? They should be using the exact same script. I don't understand why everything needs to be changed all the time when it comes to Hollywood. Hell, how many attempts have they made on I Am Legend? Just follow the damn book!
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10:58AM on 04/06/2016
I feel like either of these games/movies will pick up steam if Assassin's Creed is any good. I'm not so sure about how great a Last of Us movie will be. I feel like the zombie-apocalypse well might be running dry. But who knows, maybe this will ignite some new life into it. God knows Walking Dead is just fucking it up.

But an Uncharted movie just seems like a no-brainer. All they need to do is adapt the plot from each game. Maybe tone down some of the unlikely set pieces and puzzles,
I feel like either of these games/movies will pick up steam if Assassin's Creed is any good. I'm not so sure about how great a Last of Us movie will be. I feel like the zombie-apocalypse well might be running dry. But who knows, maybe this will ignite some new life into it. God knows Walking Dead is just fucking it up.

But an Uncharted movie just seems like a no-brainer. All they need to do is adapt the plot from each game. Maybe tone down some of the unlikely set pieces and puzzles, but other than that it should be easy to make if they get the right cast and access to the right shooting locations. That has potential to be a great blockbuster franchise. And god knows the market is hurting for a new action-adventure type movie.
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10:12AM on 04/06/2016
Video game adaptations have never had a good track record. I hope Assassins Creed changes that with some talent behind the project. While a lot of video games having a strong story line and feeling like movies themselves, its tricky to out-do the content given.
Video game adaptations have never had a good track record. I hope Assassins Creed changes that with some talent behind the project. While a lot of video games having a strong story line and feeling like movies themselves, its tricky to out-do the content given.
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10:08AM on 04/06/2016

Meh

I'm not too thrilled about the movie adaptations, but I can't wait for Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us 2. Naughty Dog is in a league of their own.
I'm not too thrilled about the movie adaptations, but I can't wait for Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us 2. Naughty Dog is in a league of their own.
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