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The Last of Us strikes film deal

The Last of Us strikes film deal

The Last of Us was released in June 2013 and saw its first major DLC release, Left Behind, last month.

The Last of Us is to have a live-action film adaptation that is already entering pre-production.

The critically acclaimed title from Naughty Dog will be adapted by Ghost House Pictures headed up by Sam Raimi and will be distributed by Screen Gems.

Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann will also be involved in creating the film.

The Last of Us was brought to the attention of the studios thanks to its emphasis on narrative. Wells commented to Deadline that he saw Screen Gems and Ghost House as 'a perfect fit' for the project and that many other studios have previously approached them about making a film out of the game.

Video games long ago drew the attention of Hollywood and several popular franchises currently have films in the works. Sam Raimi was also at one point attached to direct the long-awaited World of Warcraft film.

Other series that have film projects under-way include Assassin's Creed and earlier this month it was revealed that Warner Brothers is working on a film adaptation of Minecraft.

Earlier this week, Uncharted writer and creative director Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog after 10 years at the company. Early reports suggested that she had been forced out of the company by Druckmann and Straley but the two have subsequently released a statement denying that this is what occurred.

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SMIFFYDUDE 7th March 2014, 15:55 Quote
The Last of Us, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Need for Speed, Assassins Creed and LEGO. Does Hollywood have any original ideas anymore or does it just go into Toys 'R Us for inspiration?
damien c 7th March 2014, 15:57 Quote
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The Last of Us is to be have a live-action film adaptation that is already entering pre-production.

This makes no sense to me.

I think it should be
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The Last of Us is to have a live-action film adaptation that is already entering pre-production.
damien c 7th March 2014, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
The Last of Us, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Need for Speed, Assassins Creed and LEGO. Does Hollywood have any original ideas anymore or is it just going to go into Toys 'R Us for inspiration?

I wish they did have some original ideas other than, something bad happening, a British person being the bad guy and only America can save the world.

It's even happening with the likes of COD and Battlefield to name two when you look at the campaigns in games.
Guinevere 7th March 2014, 16:01 Quote
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This makes no sense to me.

While on a the hand of the other I found it was is a most reading interest.

Yoda. Everything I know he taught me he did.
damien c 7th March 2014, 16:22 Quote
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While on a the hand of the other I found it was is a most reading interest.

What :?

I understood the bottom part but the top part made no sense to me either unless I am missing something.
enciem 7th March 2014, 17:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
While on a the hand of the other I found it was is a most reading interest.

What :?

I understood the bottom part but the top part made no sense to me either unless I am missing something.

Much grammar mistake happen
Harlequin 7th March 2014, 17:45 Quote
is this yet another `Uwe Bol` production :P
Woodspoon 7th March 2014, 20:05 Quote
"headed up by Sam Raimi"

Not going to be too bad then.
Or at least Uwe Bol bad
suenstar 7th March 2014, 20:29 Quote
I have to agree that Hollywood seems to have lost all ability to be creative with their own ideas for quite a while now, however the story in Last of Us is that good that it could make a fantastic film so I'm not too bothered about this one.

I wonder if they'll cast Ellen Page to play Ellie after the minor dispute they had about her being not overly impressed that they made the character use a likeness similar to her.
Eiffie 7th March 2014, 20:35 Quote
I think it would be a really poor choice to tell the story of Joel and Ellie. Even if they changed it from what the game showed us. That relationship took SEASONS to be forged and who wants to really go to a movie already knowing about the characters in some way. Hopefully it's going to be about other people within the last of us universe that we haven't met yet so that way when things happen, we aren't prepared for it. I don't want to go to the movies to see a stripped down two hour version of the epic game I've beaten 10+ times since it's come out.
NethLyn 7th March 2014, 22:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
The Last of Us, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Need for Speed, Assassins Creed . Does Hollywood have any original ideas anymore or does it just go into Toys 'R Us for inspiration?

Well it depends. Need For Speed they decided to have no CGI at all which immediately got me interested, you have to hope that every producer tries to do something to make sure you *might* watch their film, rather than just saying "screw the people that played the game" and doing an Uwe Boll.

LEGO I will disagree with you re blaming Hollywood, considering the toy company itself went straight out after first the videogame biz, then the film industry, and has done very well out of both.
Guinevere 7th March 2014, 23:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by damien c
unless I am missing something.

A humour of sense is being missed.
Yaka 7th March 2014, 23:40 Quote
im just suprised how they think this is a good idea.

they could prolly shoulda down it as an animation. done it all in house and use the game engine as it is or uber maxx the sttings out .
Bindibadgi 8th March 2014, 07:04 Quote
Screw film - PC Port please! I'm not buying a PS3 for a single game :(
PingCrosby 10th March 2014, 22:03 Quote
Sam Raimi AND Ghost House Pictures together, now that's a good combination it's gotta be good
LordPyrinc 10th March 2014, 23:16 Quote
I was fortunate enough to attend a speaking event hosted by Bruce Campbell back in the late 90s. It was a very open format where Bruce took questions from the audience. Even then, 15 years ago or so, one of his complaints was Hollywood's lack of originality. Nearly everything was, and still is, either a sequel or a remake of something else. As soon as I saw the first advert for the NFS movie, I figured out what it was based on even before they rolled the title at the end. I thought to myself, "Just another rehashed idea, yippee."
sandys 11th March 2014, 12:38 Quote
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Screw film - PC Port please! I'm not buying a PS3 for a single game :(

You'll be able to get it on Playstation Now when it launches later in the year.

Film might be good, but the game was like a big interactive film, is there much more to tell?
Bindibadgi 11th March 2014, 13:57 Quote
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You'll be able to get it on Playstation Now when it launches later in the year.
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PlayStation™Now - Streaming Game Service on Consoles

I didn't think it possible to spell 'PC' wrong, but Sony have managed it.
sandys 11th March 2014, 14:50 Quote
It is starting on console but will be rolled out to TVs, smartphones and other non Sony gear according to site, can't imagine they would miss PC out they support PC with their other streaming services.
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