Announced two years ago, there’s been little movement on the film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s highly acclaimed video game title “The Last of Us” since that time.
Speaking to IGN at a press event this week, the film’s producer Sam Raimi confirmed he and Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog had been working closely on the film but for now it seems things have stalled with writer/game director Druckmann wanting to go one way and the studio wanting to go another:
“With this one [Neil Druckmann] 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. Right now [the script] just sitting there. [Sony] doesn’t want to move forward, and it’s not my place to say why. Neil, I think, is in a slight disagreement with them about how things should go so there’s a standstill… 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.”
The game followed Ellie and Joel, a young woman and an older man who navigate a zombie ridden world two decades after a horrible fungal plague spread throughout humanity. It was released in 2013 and was awarded ‘Game of the Year’ honors by many outlets.