It’s been since about August since we heard anything on the movie adaptation of Naughty Dog’s exclusive Playstation game The Last of Us, but that’s how these things work. Just when you forget about it and start returning to your normal life, BAM! Here comes the news. Well just a few days ago, IGN chatted with Maisie Williams (better known for her role as Arya Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones) to see what in the heck was going on with that film. Although nothing solid, the news is looking rather good.
“It’s looking like, ‘yes’,” the young actress told IGN.
“There was a whole thing that went on Twitter [of fans suggesting me for the role],” she explained. “I didn’t know a lot about [the game]. I Googled it. Ashley Johnson — who did Ellie’s voice — [fans] asked her what she thought of me, and she said, ‘That’s pretty much my dream.’ I don’t follow her, but I was silently stalking her wondering what she thought of all this.”
“So the way it was left is they want me to do it, and I want to do it. And when I got my American agent, and he said, ‘If there’s anything you want to do, let us know’ — America’s got such that can-do attitude. That was the first time I came to him with anything. So he said he’d set us up for a meeting next time I’m in America. And they did. So I had a meeting with [producer] Sam Raimi and [game director] Neil Druckmann. And they said they’d love if you would moderate the panel at Comic-Con, but you’d need to watch the walk-through and know your shit because there are massive fans of this and we wouldn’t want it to go wrong.”
“I was doing so much work for Thrones that I didn’t want to half-arse do it, so I said I’m not going to [moderate]. They said fine, but they’re gonna announce they had talks. So the way it was left is they want me to do it, and I want to do it. But there’s no script, no director, and no anything else. So at this moment, it’s looking like, ‘yes,’ but it’s still such early days. If they make it in 30 years, they can’t have a 40-year-old Ellie. So at the moment, it’s looking good, and I’d love to do it. Hell yeah.”
So there you go. No script (although it was said they will be faithfully adapting the game), no director, no release date, but this thing is happening.