There’s been very little information about the film adaptation of The Last of Us – considered one of the most popular video games of all time – since it was announced back in 2014, and new comments from producer Sam Raimi don’t bode well for the project.
He describes the film as being at a “standstill” between Sony Pictures and fellow producer Neil Druckmann, who wrote the screenplay and served as creative director on the video game.
Raimi has been attached to The Last of Us from the very beginning, and during a recent chat with IGN, spoke about the development woes that have plagued the film. Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures hoped to acquire the rights, but Druckmann had already brokered a deal with Sony, and now both sides are at odds over the creative vision for the film, leaving Raimi stuck in the middle.
“Right now it’s just sitting there. They don’t want to move forward, and it’s not my place to say why, and Neil, I think, is in a slight disagreement with them about how things should go so there’s a standstill. And I don’t have the power to move it.”
Of the various video game adaptations currently in the works, The Last of Us always seemed poised to have the biggest chance of success, especially when considering the hugely cinematic presentation of the game itself. Developed by Naughty Dog and released for the PlayStation 3 in 2013, the character-driven post-apocalyptic tale was showered with critical acclaim, garnering more than 240 “Game of the Year” awards from various publications and critics groups.
It also was a commercial smash, selling 3.4 million units within its first three weeks on its way to becoming the PS3’s third-highest selling game of all time.
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was circling the project for awhile, but it’s been more than a year since the actress has made mention of her possible involvement, so it’s possible that ship has sailed. Raimi is still attached as producer, but until Sony and Druckmann find a way to settle their differences, The Last of Us seems destined to remain in limbo.
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