Recently came word that Screen Gems is developing a film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic action game “The Last of Us” with the game’s director Neil Druckmann penning the script.
For various reasons, films based on video games tend to avoid the storyline of the game in question – instead, they craft an original story set within the same ‘universe’ as the game. Ubisoft’s planned upcoming films based on games like “Assassin’s Creed,” “Watch Dogs,” “Splinter Cell” and “Far Cry” will take this approach – as does this weekend’s “Need for Speed” film.
The same can’t be said for “The Last of Us” film though. Speaking to IGN UK at the BAFTA Game Awards last night, Druckmann confirmed that the film will be a direct adaptation of Joel and Ellie’s story from the game.
“It’s an adaptation of the story of The Last of Us. As far as where we go and how we make it fit into a film, how it takes into account the unique properties of film… We’re not sure yet. We’re only just scratching the surface.”
The company picked up five awards last night including Best Game, Best Story and Best Performer. The game itself has also just passed sales of six million copies worldwide.