The movie adaptation of the Naughty Dog‘s popular video game The Last of Us is moving along with Sony and Sam Raimi as producer. Neil Druckmann recently spoke on the process of reducing the game’s 15 hours of gameplay/story and he said that it is difficult to compress it into a workable screenplay. To me, I feel like this could become a franchise instead of a single movie. So far, word is that Maisie Williams from HBO’s Game of Thrones will play Ellie but is still unconfirmed.
In two hours you can’t tell the same kind of story that you can in a game like The Last of Us, which is 15 hours. I’m in the middle of it now, and it’s been super difficult because there’s so much that happens in The Last of Us - even just in the cinematics - that can’t fit in a film, let alone all the gameplay in-between and dialogue."
"It’s been really difficult to cut certain things out, but what I’m starting to get this is really focused narrative that’s about these two characters [Joel and Ellie]. Some parts will be similar to the game and some parts will be quite different, but it’s kind of interesting in helping me understand this other medium and its strengths compared to video games.