The Last Of Us movie in "development hell" says writer

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6 Apr 2016 - 06:54

The movie version of hit videogame The Last Of Us seems to have hit a bump, as its screenwriter offers a disappointing update...

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It's just over a year since we last heard any major news about The Last Of Us - a proposed movie adaptation of Naughty Dog's hit post-apocalyptic videogame. Previously, we heard that things were moving along quite promisingly, with a second-draft script complete as of last January and a table read having taken place.

In a new update, however, screenwriter Neil Druckmann (who also directed the magnificent game on which it's based) has suggested that things appear to have hit a bit of a road bump - or at least slowed down somewhat. 

"I know I said in an interview a while back we had a table read," Druckmann told IGN, "[but] it kind of entered development hell like these things tend to do. There hasn't been any work done on it in over a year and a half."

Ouch. 

Matters seem almost as vague with Sony's Uncharted movie, another project based on a Naughty Dog property. That movie's currently pegged for release in the summer of 2017, yet Druckmann seems to imply that Sony's still getting the script in shape.

"Every once in a while they'll come in and they'll present to us: here's the script, here's what we're thinking," Druckmann said. "We'll tell them what we think works, what we think doesn't work. That's where we're at. Last I heard is they got a new screenwriter, but we haven't seen anything in a while."

It's possible that Druckmann isn't privy to all the information Sony have, since he isn't as directly involved with the Uncharted movie as he is The Last Of Us. But if his information is up to date, and the Uncharted script is still being worked on, we may yet see Sony push the project's release back yet again.

More on The Last Of Us and Uncharted as we get it. 

The Last Of Us movie release date: our guesswork

Because of the development hell detailed above, there's no word yet on when The Last Of Us will reach cinemas screens around the globe. As there's no shooting schedule nailed down just yet, we'd wager that it'd take a huge U-turn of luck for the movie to arrive any earlier than 2018.

The Last Of Us movie cast: Maisie Williams is interested

"The actual film, the making of the film, the script and everything is in very, very early days," Game Of Thrones and Doctor Who star Maisie Williams told Digital Spy on the topid of The Last Of Us back in April 2015, before expressing her interest in the core role of Ellie.

"It was announced sort of prematurely almost in that I would love to play Ellie, they would love me to play Ellie", Williams explained. "There's no film happening at this very second, so I cannot play Ellie right at this very minute. But when that comes around - if and when that comes around - I'll be here."

The casting of the main bloke from the game, Joel, is a bit less open and shut. Online rumours have linked the likes of Hugh Jackman and Dylan McDermott (perhaps best known around these parts for his gruff turn as Forbes in Olympus Has Fallen) to the role, but no clear favourite – or even a shortlist – has emerged from the production of the movie itself just yet.

The Last Of Us movie script: Neil Druckman promises "big changes"

It's been known for some time that a movie version of The Last Of Us is in the works, and promisingly the director of the brilliant game - Neil Druckmann - is also the man overseeing the screenplay for the film.

In a January 2016 interview with Game Informer, Druckmann confirmed that he's completed a second draft of the script, and that a table read of it has taken place. He didn't name the actors that took part in said table read, it's worth noting.

Druckmann added that the script is "pretty faithful to the game", but did add that "there are some big changes". He offset that by adding the "the tone and what the story's trying to say is pretty faithful to the game".

The Last Of Us movie seems to be taking a while to get going, but we just hope that the hardened edge that helped make the game so memorable will remain firmly intact when the film adaptation eventually gets made. More as we hear it...

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