As San Diego Comic Con came to a close this weekend, horror maestro Sam Raimi stopped by to not only talk about forthcoming The Evil Dead TV series, but also the year long rumored live film adaptation of developer Naughty Dog’s amazing survival-horror game The Last of Us! In a nutshell, the game centers around the protagonist Joel as he escorts the young, but boisterous Ellie across post apocalyptic America that has become overrun by infected people with a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus. They are in search of a group called The Fireflies as Ellie is possibly the key to a cure. Of course the plot is much deeper and character driven, but you get the idea. The game itself is so cinematic, so why not make a movie out of it?
So where does Sam Raimi fit into this? Well according to him, he will be producing the film! Producing! Why not directing? As we all have experienced, video games often suffer the Hollywood machine as it turns our beloved games into mere dribble, but Sam promised that he wants to produce the film in order to “protect” the title as it transfers from game to the silver screen.
“I think it’s going to be a great character journey and a great love story and a really great horror picture,” Sam told the excited crowd.
In fact, Sam is going to great lengths to make sure it is as true as possible by bringing aboard the writer of The Last of Us game, Neil Druckmann, to write the script for the film, as Neil joined Sam on stage.
In typical Sam Raimi fashion, he mentioned that he would love to find roles for his brother Ted and Bruce Campbell and mentioned news in the first steps of casting and it’s a big one. Even though at this moment, rumblings of actors like Josh Brolin are being rumored to play the lead of Joel, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is actually in talks to fill the shoes of Ellie. Keep in mind, this project is still in the infant stage (no director, no cast, nada), so anything could change, but Neil Druckmann wants to reassure you, “We’re going to work our asses off to make this thing great. Why wait? We have a great opportunity here. Go for it.”
They certainly are heading in the right direction and I for one couldn’t be more excited.
SDCC image courtesy of Movie Pilot.