If you were hoping for a film adaptation of The Last of Us, you should probably hold your horses.
It would be safe to say that we saw it coming. The movie adaptation was announced in March of 2014 and reports of progress being made towards the film were being made. The screenplay had already been finished. There were rumors surrounding the potential casting of Ellie and comments were made by the Neil Druckmann, the game’s creative director and producer of the film, that insinuated that changes were being made and progress was happening.
Apparently, this is not the case. The film has been in production hell.
In an interview done by IGN with Sam Raimi, one of the producers of The Last of Us film, we were given an idea of what kind of development shenanigans were going on behind the scenes. There were issues with who had control over what and issues with Sony for one:
“Well, unfortunately that one — when we went to Neil with Ghost House Pictures we were hoping to get the rights like we do any project and then we’d take it out and sell it but we’d control the rights. With this one he went to Sony — who I have a very good relationship with — but they have their own plans for it and I think Neil’s plan for it — I’m not trying to be political — Neil’s plan for it is not the same as Sony’s. And because my company doesn’t have the rights, I actually can’t help him too much. Even though I’m one of the producers on it the way he set it up, he sold his rights to Sony, Sony hired me as a producer by chance, and I can’t get the rights free for him so I’m not in the driver’s seat and I can’t tell you what Sony and Neil together will decide on. If they do move forward I’d love to help them again.”
Sam Raimi, despite the stalling done by Sony, is still attached to the project. However, it appears that nothing is going to get done for awhile until negotiations are dealt with.
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