I attended a press lunch today for the upcoming home video release of Don’t Breathe, during which time I was able to ask producer Sam Raimi about the status of the big screen version of the hit video game The Last of Us. And what he had to tell us wasn’t very hopeful.
The movie was formally announced in March 2014 as being a Screen Gems release. The screenplay was penned by Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, the Creative Director for the game, who is also a producer on the film along with Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures company, Naughty Dog Co-Presidents’ Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, and Game Director Bruce Straley. In the ensuing years since that announcement, there were rumblings of Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams being courted to star and subsequent comments from Druckmann that the movie would boast “big changes” from the game’s story.