There’s almost no game developer with a greater reputation than Naughty Dog. From the “Uncharted” series to “The Last of Us,” the studio’s video games have been amongst the most acclaimed titles of the past decade.
Film adaptations of their properties, something that seems a logical extension considering their knack for cinematic narratives, have not been so lucky. The film version of “Uncharted” has had a troubled genesis over the years at Sony Pictures as attached talent has come and gone. A film version of “The Last of Us,” to be produced by Sam Raimi and penned by the game’s writer and director Neil Druckmann, was announced almost two years ago to much excitement.
Yet this week we’ve learned that both films appear to have stalled. Speaking with IGN, Druckmann says that nothing on “The Last of Us” film has moved much since that mid-2014 announcement:
“I know I said in an interview a while back we had a table read, got the script to a good place and it kind of entered development hell like these things tend to do. There hasn’t been any work done on it in over a year and a half.”
In regards to “Uncharted,” which Sony has set for a June 2017 release, Druckmann says he’s unsure where it’s at – only that it’s still in very early development:
“Every once in a while they [Sony] will come in and they’ll present to us: here’s the script, here’s what we’re thinking. We’ll tell them what we think works, what we think doesn’t work. That’s where we’re at. Last I heard is they got a new screenwriter, but we haven’t seen anything in a while.”
That sounds as if “Uncharted” won’t make its 2017 release date, and “The Last of Us” is far from being a sure thing.