For anyone that has played the video game The Last of Us was excited when Screen Gems announced it was being turned into a movie. There was also a possibility that Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was cast for the lead role. But according to producer Sam Raimi it seems the movie is at a standstill. Naughty Dog creative director and screenwriter Neil Druckmann appears to be having creative differences with Sam Raimi that is keeping the movie from being made.
“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.”
Even though the movie is in development hell Sam Raimi is still attached as a producer.
“Yes, I’m attached to it. I’m not too sure what that means. Right now it’s just sitting there. 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.”
So who knows when we will see The Last of Us on the big screen. But until then Naughty Dog’s Uncharted will be hitting theaters in the next few years. Are you sad to see The Last of Us getting stuck in a standstill? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or on our Instagram and Twitter!