Screenwriter Admits THE LAST OF US Movie Will Differ From The Video Game

August 11, 20140 Comments

Sony is currently busy working on a feature film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. Because turning a 15 hour game into a 2 hour movie is impossible, writer and creative director Neil Druckmann has revealed that the film will differ substantially from the video game.

“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,” Druckmann told MCV. “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.”

Instead of trying to adapt everything in the game, Druckmann decided to find the most important aspect of the game’s story — the relationship between Joel and Ellie — and focus on that.

“It’s been really difficult to cut certain things out, but what I’m starting to get is this really focused narrative that’s about these two characters. 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.”

At Comic-Con last month, it was revealed that Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark), is in talks to play Ellie. The film is a collaborative effort with Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) serving as producer.

It looks like Sony is trying to deliver a good movie. There have been some “okay” movies based on video games, but I think most will agree that a lot of them are bad. Hopefully they give us something worth seeing since the game is already very cinematic and has a great story and characters.

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