Screen Gems, the production company responsible for bringing the Resident Evil film franchise to the big screen, has reportedly signed on to deliver a live-action adaptation of The Last of Us. Announced earlier today, the creative director for the award-winning video game, Neil Druckmann, will write the script for the upcoming project with Naughty Dog’s co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra joining the production as creative architects.
Released last summer for the Playstation 3, the game follows the hardened journey of Joel and Ellie, his 14-year-old companion, as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the majority of humans have been decimated by a global fungal infection. Praised for it’s storytelling, character acting, sound design, and graphics the game went on to sell almost 3.5 million copies worldwide in just three weeks, making it the fastest-selling PS3 game of 2013 before Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto V.
“Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it, and 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,” Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper said. “I am thrilled that SCEA’s Riley Russell was able to get me in front of Neil and Evan Wells to plead my case. Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil’s vision.”
“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 co-president. “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.”