‘The Last of Us’ Movie Release Date, News & Update: Sony Versus Naughty Dog Results To Movie Not Moving Forward; Plans Canceled?

By Laine Lucas , Updated Nov 18, 2016 08:27 AM EST
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Naughty Dog's hit video game franchise, "The Last of Us," is getting a film adaptation. There's no surprise there since this was officially announced in 2014 as a Screen Gems film. But since then, not much has been reported on the development of the movie, which pretty much puts the project at a standstill.

Recently, Sam Raimi, one of the producers for the project, told IGN the reason why "The Last of Us" movie has been stalled. Raimi told the publication that while he is still on board for the project, Naughty Dog and Sony haven't done anything yet to take things forward. "They don't want to move forward, and it's not my place to say why," Raimi said. "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," he continued.

"The Last of Us" movie script will be written by Naughty Dog game creative director, Neil Druckmann, who will also collaborate with Raimi and his production company, Ghost House Pictures. Naughty Dog game director Bruce Straley, co-presidents Christophe Balestra and Evan Wells are also producing. Casting news is still unavailable at the moment, but previous rumors have it that Maisie Williams from "Game of Thrones" was chosen to play one of the protagonists, young girl Ellie.

In the video game, "The Last of Us" tells the story of two survivors: a grown man named Joel and the young Ellie. These two rely on each other to survive in a world where infectious disease affected the majority of the population and turned humans into cannibalistic creatures. While news on the development of the movie is scarce, at least fans can expect another Naughty Dog video game franchise to make its way to the big screens - "Uncharted." Filming for "Uncharted" might begin in spring 2017.

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