The prospects for us seeing The Last of Us movie adaptation anytime soon continue to look bleak.
We first heard official word for The Last of Us movie back in March 2014. But progress on the film has slowed significantly in recent months. IGN talked to Neil Druckmann (he served as creative director for the game) in April. He told them there has been no progress made on the movie in more than a year.
Today, IGN talked with director Sam Raimi (he’s a producer for The Last of Us) to see where the movie stands.
Raimi points to some sort of disagreement Druckmann has with where the film is going.
“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.”
Raimi talks a bit more about the situation over at IGN.
There’s still hope for The Last of Us movie
Things don’t look good right now, but the same was said for the Uncharted film just a few months ago. The Uncharted film was pulled from Sony’s release schedule earlier this year. That’s usually not a good sign.
But just this month, Uncharted director Shawn Levy told Collider production on the film is set for late spring or early summer 2017.
“I am unabashedly thrilled to be making that next year,” Levy said. “I’m definitely not filming before March. The goal is to film in the late spring, early summer.”
And don’t worry Uncharted fans. Levy is a Nathan Drake nut too.
“I’ve played and loved every iteration of the game. I think it’s largely a popularly accepted notion that it’s as cinematic a game as we’ve had, maybe ever, certainly of late,” said Levy.
Levy added, “I am so committed to this thing and I’m in it on the script level with Joe Carnahan, who knows what he’s doing; that’s been a really frickin’ fun collaboration.”
Uncharted wasn’t looking good back a few months earlier, either. And look how it’s turning out. That doesn’t mean The Last of Us will see a similar turnaround, but it also means I’m not writing it off just yet.