Sony Pictures registered the movie domains for Naughty Dog’s action-adventure survival horror video game, The Last of Us back in November 2013, but today Screen Gems has signed on to distribute the movie.
Creative Director for the game, Neil Druckmann will write the script for the live-action adaptation, Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, Christophe Balestra, and Bruce Straley will team up with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures to craft the film, according to Deadline.
“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, Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper said.
I am thrilled that SCEA’s 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 Neil’s vision.”
“Our partnership with Sam Raimi, Ghost House Pictures, and Screen Gems to develop a film based on ‘The Last of Us’ universe is a perfect fit,” said Evan Wells, Naughty Dog’s Co-President.
Since our game released last June, we’ve talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn’t have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards.
We look forward to collaborating with Sam, his team, and Screen Gems, to make a movie that will thrill fans of ‘The Last of Us’ and general audiences worldwide.”
The Last of Us released worldwide exclusively for PlayStation 3 on June 14, 2013. It sold 3.4 million copies worldwide in three weeks, making it the fastest-selling PS3 game of 2013 prior to the release of Grand Theft Auto V.
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