Sam Raimi and Screen Gems will help produce THE LAST OF US movie

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Ask anyone what the biggest and most hyped video game of 2013 was, and they’ll tell you that it was the post-apocalyptic The Last Of Us. That’s a game which features a storyline that is just begging for a big screen adaptation. And it’s going to get one courtesy of a Spider-Man daddy.

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Deadline broke the news of the deal, which will see Sam Raimi and his Ghost House production company produce the movie, with the game’s original writer Neil Druckmann working on a silver screen script:

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. 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.

Don’t play video games, because they’re strictly for those damn kids? Well The Last of Us might change your viewpoint on that. The game was critically lauded for its mature storytelling, as it focused on the survivors of a horrific fungal plague that had decimated humanity and turned vast portions of the global population into a new breed of zombies, dubbed clickers. Seriously, you’ll never eat shrooms again if you play that game.

It’s a good match so far. Sam Raimi’s company brings the necessary experience and talent for such an adaptation, and you;ve got input from the creators to make the transition as seamless as possible. For more, here’s a link to the full press release.

Last Updated: March 7, 2014

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