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Oh Dear, The Last Of Us Is Getting a Big Budget Movie Tie-in

Posted by Kell Andersen

Say it ain't so

There have been so many announcements for movie adaptations of classic Sony franchises in recent weeks that we're just about ready to play a game of soulless cash-in bingo. If you're blanking on which beloved series' have been banished to the Hollywood slaughterhouse, though. we'll gladly remind you. Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank and Heavenly Sword will all be getting the filmic treatment, for better or worse. Oh, and who could forget that ridiculous God of War film from a few years ago, which would probably have ended up being two and a half hours of Kratos yelling directly at the camera.

Needless to say, we're feeling slightly cynical when it comes to movie tie-ins here at Push Square, which is why we're disappointed to report that Naughty Dog's survival horror opus The Last of Us will soon be getting it's own shot at the silver screen.

However, there is a slight chance that this one won't be complete bunkum, as the original game's prolific penman Neil Druckmann has been confirmed as the official screenwriter. What's more, Clint Culpepper - president of Screen Gems, the studio behind the wacky venture - seems pretty chuffed about the incoming project. "Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it." he stated. "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."

With that said, it does seem a touch redundant to spend so much time and money on a movie tie-in for a game that already does such a good job of telling a complete story. It's also slightly disappointing that Druckmann would be so keen to use up a plot idea that could otherwise be explored in a potential sequel.

What do you make of this movie madness? Would you be interested in seeing The Last of Us on the big screen, or would you prefer a sequel on the small screen in your living room? Let us know in the comments section below.


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User Comments (26)



eLarkos said:

No reason to jump and say this will be bad. Especially with the team involved. Im excited.



goonow said:

I agree that the game already tells the story as good as you could hope.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Tomb Raider Films are pretty awful, Resident Evil films are a bit hit n miss although I've mostly enjoyed them. Willem Dafoe and Chloe Moretz would be my choice for the movie, Chloe Moretz is probably too old now though.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I'd love to see a film set immediately after the outbreak, maybe a year or so perhaps. That could be interesting and also not ruin any new plots in the game...



Splat said:

Part of me is like YES!!! Another part of me is like NO!!!

It will probably suck...



rjejr said:

Why would anybody think this is a bad idea? It's a movie, not a game, don't see it, simple. It's great news for the game though as if the movie is simply a retelling of the game it would likely lead to enough interest to make a game sequel.

And maybe 1 person out there hasn't noticed, but zombies (yes I know, not zombies) and the post apocalypse are big. Walking Dead meets The Road.

For those who don't remember The Road (not JK On the Road) way back in 2009, here's a link, and I think that poster and summary says it all:

How was Hollywood NOT going to make this into a big budget blockbuster movie after the game won all those awards?

And I'm personally ready for a GoW movie. 2 1/2 hours of yelling at the camera you say? That's just getting warmed up for Goku and Frieza.



k_andersen said:

@rjejr Hahaha, DBZ is totally right. Was it the spirit bomb that went on for like 500 episodes and then didn't even work?

As for the movie, I guess I'm just spoiled and annoyed that Druckmann would use his talent on a movie rather than a game. At the same time, I imagine you're right and that a movie would probably end up being more profitable in the long run. And if it's half as good as The Road, I'll have nothing to complain about



3rdEyeMind said:

It would need to be a small budget film, perhaps independent. The Last of Us was not about big set pieces or action. It was about an intimate, emotional story between two people. It would need to maintain a grainy, "cheap" filter and stay away from the expensive, latest camera technology, etc.

As for how it would be done....well, i would be hear explaining for too long, but it would need to be extremely slow paced with lots of character development scenes, minimalistic, emphasis on the small (such as movement sounds, ambiance, human behavior such as sighing, grunts, face rubs, etc...or, if you remember in the game, that small glance at his broken watch after Ellie does something that reminds him of his daughter), mostly handheld cameras.....i could go on, but i suppose that ultimately, i am not fully in support of a big budget Last of Us film. The game was the film anyway, to be fair.



Tuturoopa said:

I think it will turn out fine as The Last of Us is practically a movie in itself, but who knows. It'll be interesting to see how people who haven't played the game react vs people who have played it.



Gamer83 said:

Could actually be decent. I'm looking forward to the R&C movie and I'd probably watch this one as well.



SuperSilverback said:

@k_andersen Everything took 500 episodes to power up. Piccolos Special Beam Cannon, Spirit bomb, any super sayain transformation, Namek blowing up etc. Still a great show tho =P



Scollurio said:

I think this could have a chance of being not too bad. I enjoyed the Storytelling of Druckman a lot and I'd love if its just a 1:1 game to movie film and saving any other story for potential sequels. I already know who could play Ellie. Ahahaha drumroll: ELLEN PAGE of course. Trolololol.



ReigningSemtex said:

I'm quite excited about this I hope they don't ruin it. I hope they capture the feel of the game in the film



Tasuki said:

Video game movies never turn out good. The only exception to that was the first Mortal Kombat movie every other video game movie was horrible. So its hard for me to get excited for this one.



Gamer83 said:


I liked the first MK movie enough that I bought it a few times. VHS, DVD when that release happened and then on BluRay around the time the most recent MK game was released. I don't know as I'd say it's an exception to the bad video game-based movie rule though. I'd say it's one of those so bad it's good type of deals. Kind of like Street Fighter. Horrendous movie, but somehow I still enjoyed it.



Kage_88 said:

Like PushSquare, I too have an immense distaste for videogame movies.

I mean, I can see Sly and Ratchet being okay. They're lighthearted cartoons.

But The Last of Us? No way Jose. What's the point? It devalues the game itself, and everything it tried to achieve.

Basically, Hollywood is saying "Yeah, that videogame thingy was cute, but TLOU doesn't matter until we MAKE IT INTO A MOVIE!11!1"

I hope it shares the same fate as the Uncharted and Metal Gear films - in the rubbish bin.



feelthesarcasm said:

The only movie I'm not really worried about is Sly Cooper. I think it'd make a perfect animated movie. I don't really know if it could be pulled off as well.



Shaolin said:

I would personally be a little apprehensive to see LToU turned into a 2-3 hour film. On the other hand, if they were to make it as a TV series in the same way that I heard Steven Spielberg was working on Halo then I'd be really looking forward to it. Having said that though, I'd be more than happy to see Naughty Dog's scriptwriting in a feature film but it would be great if it was a completely new IP. If that film was a success I'd have much more faith that they could convert it into a nice game rather than the other way around. Funnily enough, I wouldn't be surprised if their TLoU was so good that it had me eating my hat. One can only hope eh?

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