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.