‘The Last of Us‘ had infected the hearts and minds of PlayStation gamers around the world as one of the most fun zombie games to have been created and in 2014 it seemed as if a cinematic adaptation was going to happen and was going strong, until today. Sadly, the project came up to producer Sam Raimi in a recent interview and while the last thing we had heard from screenwriter Neil Druckmann in the same year that the rights were optioned that progress was being made it looks as if that progress has come to a halt.
The problem being is that Druckmann and the studios aren’t seeing eye to eye:
“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.”
Sadly, this is another example of creative differences which has happened all too often in recent years. While Raimi is still technically attached “right now it’s just sitting there.”
So what could happen with the film? Well things don’t look good:
“They don’t want to move forward, and it’s not my place to say why, and Neil, I think, is in a slight disagreement with them about how things should go. So, there’s a standstill, and I don’t have the power to move it.”
This is a game with a solid plot which wouldn’t have to have screenwriters go in and truly change a slew of the story to give us a fully fleshed out tale.
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