It has been announced that award-winning videogame studio Naughty Dog (‘Uncharted,’ ‘Jak and Daxter,’ ‘Crash Bandicoot’) is teaming up with the suits over at Screen Gems for a live action feature based on the critically-acclaimed PlayStation3 title ‘The Last Of Us.’
Neil Druckmann, the Creative Director for the post-apocalyptic game, will also write the script for the film. Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, Naughty Dog’s Co-Presidents, will produce with Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley, along with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures banner.
Set 20 years after an infectious pandemic ravaged humanity, ‘The Last Of Us’ follows hardened survivor, Joel, and Ellie, a young and capable girl, on their journey through a radically transformed world. The rich and visceral story explores themes of survival, loyalty, love, and redemption in an emotionally charged expedition across a post-epidemic United States.
“Our partnership with Sam Raimi, Ghost House Pictures, and Screen Gems to develop a film based on ‘The Last of Us’ universe is a perfect fit,” said Wells. “Since our game released last June, we’ve talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn’t have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards. We look forward to collaborating with Sam, his team, and Screen Gems, to make a movie that will thrill fans of The Last of Us and general audiences worldwide.”
The game has received worldwide recognition for its innovation in storytelling and gameplay, winning numerous awards since its release last summer. Naughty Dog recently released their first-ever story expansion, ‘The Last of US: Left Behind,’ a prologue to the game’s single player campaign available.