In a surprising move, Sony Pictures is walking away from a giant pile of money as they sideline the movie adaptation of 2013’s The Last of Us, the Naughty Dog video game that emotionally cripples anyone who plays it (in a good way). Gruff and grizzled survivor, Joel must protect the couragous and jaded teenager, Ellie, on a trek across post-apocalyptic America. One part white-knuckle survival horror, one part espionage/sneaking around-y, The Last of Us is, above all, a damn near perfect story. The voice cast performs incredibly, the script is stunning – even the idle chatter of random baddies is revealing, interesting, and well acted – and the action is delivered in such a cinematic and breath-taking way that the game begs to be filmed.
In 2014, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann announced that Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Productions would be helming the adaptation. Since then, not much in the way of news had surfaced -although rumours that Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams was being considered for the role of Ellie -until Druckmann told IGN in April that the project was basically dead.
Yesterday, IGN caught up with Raimi who said:
“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.”
I stand corrected. Sony is not walking away from a giant pile of money – they’re setting it on fire. …From the studio that brought you Spider-Man 3, ladies and gentlemen.