2013 was a banner year for video games, and The Last of Us led the charge with multiple game-of-the-year awards. Now, Naughty Dog’s story is set to come to a much larger screen, as Screen Gems will bring it to theaters.
The production of the live action film brings Ghost House Pictures, Sam Raimi’s production company, in as producers alongside Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, alongside creative director Neil Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley.
Neil Druckmann, lead writer and creative director on the game, will also write the script.
“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 Evan Wells, Naughty Dog’s co-president to Variety. “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 Last of Us saw the journey of a man named Joel and a girl named Ellie as they traversed the US twenty years after a new type of zombie apocalypse. Playing off a real fungus that can turn ants into "zombies," in the game’s world, the fungus mutates and starts infecting humans. Joel and Ellie may be the only hope for humanity to survive, and their journey pits them against the undead and living alike.