Could one of 2013's best video games make the successful jump to the big screen? That's what Sony Pictures subsidiary Screen Gems is betting, announcing yesterday that the post-apocalyptic thriller "The Last of Us"
will be adapted by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures production company.
The game, which focuses on the relationship between a man and a young woman he's charged with protecting, takes place 20 years after a fungal pandemic has devastated the human race, turning victims into violent, horrifying zombies, upending modern society, and handing the world back to Mother Nature. The game was lauded not only for its action, but also its dramatic storytelling and stunning post-apocalyptic scenery.
Creative director Neil Druckmann, who recently won
the Writers Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games award, has been hired to write the screenplay.
"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 in a release. "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."
Below are seven stunning scenes from the game that will give you a great idea of what to expect from the movie. As someone who has played "The Last of Us," I can tell you that developer Naughty Dog did an excellent job presenting the science of what our world would look like after people are gone.