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Sam Raimi Wants To Bring The Last Of Us To Cinemas
He's producing a film version of the Naughty Dog game

06 March 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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You may already know how much we thought of immersive, successful PlayStation title The Last Of Us. If you don’t, you might want to check out our must-read interviews with its creators as well as our review, then come back and imagine our joy/trepidation at the idea that Sam Raimi wants to develop it as a film.

It shouldn't be that surprising. After all, the game itself is intensely cinematic and well suited to adaptation. We’re just worried about Screen Gems, Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures keeping the quality up. They’ve made a crucially positive first step, however, hiring co-creator Neil Druckmann to write the script.

Hitting shelves last June, The Last Of Us follows hardened survivor Joel and a young girl named Ellie on their journey through a radically transformed world. Set 20 years after an infectious pandemic derailed the course of humanity, these two people, brought together by chance, must make life-altering decisions in order to survive.

Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper seems happy with the move: “Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it. When I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay. And Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil's vision.”

But who should play the much-loved lead characters? "Ellen Page for Ellie!" you cry. Well, she certainly looks the part, but her age is a problem. She would have been perfect 10 years ago, but really that part will be perfect for a young newcomer. As for Joel, there are several grizzled manly men in Hollywood who'd suit the part down to the ground (and know their way around a protective surrogate father role). Here are just a few of our own suggestions...


Who should play Joel in Sam Raimi's The Last Of Us adaptation?
Hugh Jackman - I've watched Prisoners
Josh Brolin - I've watched No Country For Old Men
Bruce Campbell - I've watched all of Sam Raimi's films
Bradley Cooper - I've seen his beard in American Hustle
Norman Reedus - I've seen him with a bow in The Walking Dead
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Your Comments

Josh Brolin has to be Joel
I'm watching Old Boy right now and he reminds me so much of Joel in this movie. With a beard he is the spitting image of Joel. Add that he's a great actor on top of that! It's perfect! More

Posted by Animeamy at 03:11 on 15 April 2014 | Report This Post

I'll be the firs to say it then...
Nathan Fillian! Boom! More

Posted by manufan at 16:21 on 10 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Why not just re-cast Avengers' Ashley Johnson as Ellie?
L: hasmap Ellen Page wouldn't do the film after her damning criticism of the charater likeness on twitter. xcept they sensibly changed the face before release, she just happened to be shown the old press images More

Posted by rich at 00:30 on 09 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Why not just re-cast Avengers' Ashley Johnson as Ellie?
The only problem with making this into a film is we have already seen it because as everyone has pointed out, It's pretty much a movie anyway. It's going to be like the first half of the amazing Spiderman all over again. More

Posted by doug64 at 22:41 on 08 March 2014 | Report This Post

Why not just re-cast Avengers' Ashley Johnson as Ellie?
Ellen Page wouldn't do the film after her damning criticism of the charater likeness on twitter. Secondly, why not just re-cast Ashley Johnson back into the role? Ellie is based on her likeness and she knows the charater well. And its not like she doesn't have any non VG credits, Avengers Assemble, Emma Stone's The Help, The Mentalist, CSI and Joss Wheadon clearly saw something in her to cast not only in Avengers(small role but aslo has a lengthy deleted scene with Chris Evans' Cap and Stan Lee More

Posted by hasmap at 12:10 on 08 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Will be better than the game
L: rich L: RSJ87 The Last of Us was a good game but e much better as a film playing as Joel there were things I wanted to differently, especially the big decision at the end (I think the term is ludonarrative dissonance). This story is best experienced non-interactively. o, it won't. The reason it worked so well is because of the interactive elements - it was top tier storytelling for the *medium of gaming*. It lasts around 9 hours, has lots of direct input that makes More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 11:11 on 08 March 2014 | Report This Post

Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler, a la Law Abiding Citizen. Perfect example that he could play a character like Joel. Know how to rock a beard as well. More

Posted by brendo81 at 22:28 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Will be better than the game
L: RSJ87 The Last of Us was a good game but e much better as a film playing as Joel there were things I wanted to differently, especially the big decision at the end (I think the term is ludonarrative dissonance). This story is best experienced non-interactively. o, it won't. The reason it worked so well is because of the interactive elements - it was top tier storytelling for the *medium of gaming*. It lasts around 9 hours, has lots of direct input that makes you feel a parti More

Posted by rich at 18:02 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

I like the director choice here...
For Joel for some reason I see Jeffery Dean Morgan, for Ellie hmm....would have to go with the already mentioned Elle Fanning. More

Posted by mattyboy250 at 15:45 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Will be better than the game
Why Have I Only Just Noticed That Every First Letter In Each Word Is In Uppercase? More

Posted by Hood_Man at 13:18 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

Will be better than the game
Surprised at some of the concerns here, I think this was both inevitable and is to be welcomed. The Last of Us was a good game but it'll be much better as a film - when playing as Joel there were things I wanted to differently, especially the big decision at the end (I think the term is ludonarrative dissonance). This story is best experienced non-interactively. More

Posted by RSJ87 at 11:23 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE:
L: zeech1941 For Joel - Josh Brolin, George Clooney but it has to be Christian Bale. And he looks good in a beard. For Ellie - Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Watson but I think Elle Fanning ood call on Elle Fanning. I think she could pull it off. More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 10:19 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

For Joel - Josh Brolin, George Clooney but it has to be Christian Bale. And he looks good in a beard. For Ellie - Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Watson but I think Elle Fanning More

Posted by zeech1941 at 09:57 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

I share the concerns that Screen Gems are involved, so I'm really hoping to see a superb cast and director announcement. I think Hugh Jackman or Josh Brolin could do the part justice, although I think it would be perfect for Brad Pitt, but he may want to steer clear of the genre a little bit because he's already done World War Z and is no doubt starring in the sequel. I've no idea at all for who should play Ellie. Ellen Page would be great (and I don't see age being a problem because she' More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 09:44 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

If it's done right
If this is handled right, this could not only be the best movie based on a video game (seriously there is little competition), but it could be one of the best movies to come out that year. But, I doubt they'll get it right. More

Posted by MOnkeyboy1138 at 08:37 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

Noooooooooooooo
Would much rather have more of the game in terms of expansions, spin offs etc. Hopefully they do the game justice and don't turn it into something like the terrible terrible resident evil franchise. More

Posted by ste_robbo at 07:46 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

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