During Screen Gems‘ home video release of Don’t Breathe, IGN caught up with producer, Sam Raimi to get an update on The Last of Us Movie: “Well, unfortunately that one — when we went to Neil with Ghost House Pictures we were hoping to get the rights like we do any project and then we’d take it out and sell it but we’d control the rights.
With this one he went to Sony — who I have a very good relationship with — but they have their own plans for it and I think Neil’s plan for it — I’m not trying to be political — Neil’s plan for it is not the same as Sony’s.
And because my company doesn’t have the rights, I actually can’t help him too much. Even though I’m one of the producers on it the way he set it up, he sold his rights to Sony, Sony hired me as a producer by chance, and I can’t get the rights free for him so I’m not in the driver’s seat and I can’t tell you what Sony and Neil together will decide on.
If they do move forward I’d love to help them again.”
But Raimi is still attached to the project, he adds, “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.”
The film will be written by Neil Druckmann and set to co-produce along with Naughty Dog Co-Presidents’ Evan Wells & Christophe Balestra, Game Director Bruce Straley, & American film director, Sam Raimi via Ghost House Pictures banner.
A director for The Last of Us Movie is yet to be announced.