Filmmaker Sam Raimi made a surprise appearance at Screen Gems’ Comic-Con panel today and spoke about his involvement in the film adaptation of one of the most acclaimed video games of recent years – Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us”.
Raimi and the game’s author Neil Druckmann appeared on stage to discuss the project which was first revealed back in March, but is being officially announced for the first time today.
Released last year, the game is set twenty years after an infectious fungal pandemic has ravaged humanity. A hardened survivor named Joel and a young girl named Ellie are brought together by chance and journey together through a radically transformed United States.
Druckmann is writing the script and Raimi will produce, but no director has yet been set and both admit the project is a good few years off. No casting is in place either, but they reportedly have met with “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark on the HBO show).
Whilst they expect it to be very true to the game, some changes will have to be made to compress a fifteen-hour narrative into a two-hour film, with the resulting narrative said to have a laser-like focus on the relationship between Joe and Ellie.
The game garnered over 200 global Game of the Year awards last year, and a WGA award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games’. A PS4 remastered version of the game hits stores on Tuesday.
A special promo poster created for the Con was also printed, check it out below: