March 06, 2014 11:32am PT by Rebecca Ford
'The Last of Us' Video Game Getting Film Adaptation
Popular PlayStation3 video game The Last of Us is getting the movie treatment.
Neil Druckmann, the creative director for the game, will write the script for the big-screen live-action adaptation, which Screen Gems will distribute.
On behalf of Naughty Dog (the game developers), the project will be produced by co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley, along with Sam Raimi via his Ghost House Pictures banner.
The video game The Last of Us, which was released in June 2013, follows survivors Joel and Ellie on their journey through a radically transformed world, 20 years after an infectious pandemic spread by the cordyceps virus ravaged the course of humanity. Brought together by chance, these two people must make life-altering decisions in order to survive.
“Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention, insisting we go after it," said Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper in a statement. "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. I am thrilled that Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Riley Russell was able to get me in front of Neil and Evan Wells to plead my case. And Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil’s vision.”