‘The Last of Us’ Movie is a Direct Adaptation of the Game

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Joel and Tess in The Last of Us The Last of Us Movie is a Direct Adaptation of the Game

Naughty Dog’s emotionally-charged post-apocalyptic action game The Last of Us felt a lot like playing through a movie – or at the very least an HBO DVD box set – and so it’s perhaps no surprise that The Last of Us is getting a movie adaptation, with game director Neil Druckmann penning the script.

Just because a studio makes a video game adaptation, however, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a direct adaptation of a video game. In fact, Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet has said that none of the studio’s upcoming movies – which include Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs and Far Cry – will retell stories that were already told, but will instead be original tales that take place in the same universe as the games.

Joel and Ellie, the protagonists of The Last of Us, aren’t actually the last people on Earth, despite what the title suggests. The video game is set in a broken-down, overgrown vision of America twenty years after a devastating viral outbreak, and as such there are many different stories that could be set within the same world. Speaking to IGN at the BAFTA Game Awards last night (where The Last of Us finished very much on top with five awards, including Best Game, Best Story and Best Performer), Druckmann confirmed that the movie will stick with the same story as the video game.

“It’s an adaptation of the story of The Last of Us. As far as where we go and how we make it fit into a film, how it takes into account the unique properties of film… We’re not sure yet. We’re only just scratching the surface.”

The Last of Us city The Last of Us Movie is a Direct Adaptation of the Game

The response to this news will likely be mixed. The Last of Us is such a cinematic game already that remaking it as a film almost seems redundant (there are actually playthroughs of the game edited down into movie versions, if you have four hours to spare). Since a sequel to The Last of Us is by no means guaranteed, it would have been interesting for Druckmann to explore a different corner of the game’s universe.

On the other hand, there is a lot of appeal in seeing video game stories and characters brought to life, which is why live-action trailers are often included in marketing materials for upcoming games. It’s also not uncommon for films to get remade only a couple of years after the original version was released, and for the remake to not only turn out well but also draw attention to the source material (Let the Right One In and Let Me In, for example).

Best of all, the lead-up to casting announcements means plenty of time for fantasy casting. Top picks from readers so far include Dylan McDermott or Gerard Butler for Joel, and either Ellen Page or Chloë Grace Moretz for Ellie (Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones was also a great suggestion). Troy Baker, the actor who voiced and mo-capped Joel for the video game, told IGN at the BAFTAs that he’d definitely be up for a role in the movie, even if it’s just as a hunter or a clicker.


We’ll keep you updated on The Last of Us as development continues

Source: IGN

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  1. Nolan North should also reprise his role as David in this movie, he’s great! Loved this game, one of the best games I have ever played, and can’t wait for the movie adaptation!

    • yea ive only made it to the part of the game where your in some hospital maybe where your up against the armored guards..theres soo much in the game i dont see how they can make it in just one film

  2. Cant wait!
    One of the greatest games i have ever played. My wife also tells me its the greatest game she has ever enjoyed watching me play.

    • Ok now I`m gonna check it out…thanks !

    • @Law
      “One of the greatest games i have ever played. My wife also tells me its the greatest game she has ever enjoyed watching me play.”

      this is the greatest quote I’ve ever enjoyed reading! hahahahahahahahaa

      I saw the game too. and I also thought Gerald Butler, but whoever is fine, actually, I just like the game and wish/hope they continue it.

    • in my own opinion its THE GREATEST game ive EVER played
      im literaly shakeing my older brother by the scruff of his shirt screaming YOU GOTTA PLAY IT YOU GOTTA

  3. Would be quite ironic if Ellen Page were to play Ellie, considering the uproar when the game came out about her likeness being used for the character. That being said, she could be the perfect choice for the role.

  4. This is completely unnecessary. Same w/ the talk of the Heavy Rain Movie. The game is pretty much a movie already.

    Cash Grab.

    • What isn’t a cash grab? And what’s wrong with sharing the story with the millions of non-gamers out there? It’s no different than adapting a novel into a movie.

    • You just defined ‘business.’

  5. Whatever happened to the Mass Effect movie?

  6. After watching the latest episode of Arrow I definitely think Manu Bennett (Slade) could pull off Joel.

  7. Anson mount is also a very good choice. He’s even said that he has played the game and enjoyed it and would love to play the role of Joel. I think maisie should play Ellie, knowing she is almost, if not the exact age as Ellie in the game.

    • I agree about Anson Mount. He’d be a great choice.

  8. Dafuq? I haven’t even play this game yet

  9. Yes! Maisie Williams! I wonder who suggested that?

    And how about Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit as Ellie? She already kind of pulled off this character when she played Mattie Ross opposite Jeff Bridges’ Rooster Cogburn:
    - Young girl forced to maturity due to traumatic circumstances
    - Takes on a journey with a jaded, grisled sheriff with questionable moral fiber
    - Encounters trials with a generally lawless populous in a hostile territory
    - Forms a strong bond with her protector despite initial personality clashes

    I don’t know. Now that I’ve written that out, it almost seems like typecasting…

  10. Gerard Butler for Joel.. just sayin

  11. If they nail this down perfectly. Awesome. However I think to make a great movie based on a video game. It needs its own stand alone story that is 100% ture to the lore and does not ignore the events of the video games. Like Halo 4: Foward onto Dawn.


    • I second that, Chloe Grace Moretz for Ellie

  13. Philip Blake as Joel

  14. Dylan McDermott is the only one who can be Joel. Hands down, he’s perfect for the role.

    • Hugh Jackman?

  15. I really really enjoyed the game. I simply hope that they will do it justice. I have never seen a good movie based off a video game but maybe just maybe it will happen.

    Who am I kidding? I’ll just go replay the game now.

  16. Anson mount would be a great pick for Joel! Think about it, Dylan would be cool but Joel has that southern accent, and Anson does play a great western outlaw in HELL ON WHEELS, and his voice is awesome for this role. But knowing Hollywood they will choose someone so pathetic for this role, who else agrees with me on that?

    and as for elli Im with Chloe or Hailee Steinfeld
    both would be awesome ellie’s :)

  17. So what’s the friggin’ point then? Everybody and their mum has played the game already!

  18. Just from the pic, i sort of see hugh jackman based on Prisoners. Gerard Butler doesn’t seem like a bad choice either, as long as his accent can be more similar

    and I’m excited for this, even though video games movies havent really been done well. But still, I’m always somewhat happy to see Resident Evil movies get made, just to see live adaptations of video game parts.


    I mean come on, Ellen is quite literally Ellie;small, feisty, tomboyish, and they’re BOTH LESBIANS!!

  20. Its not a viral outbreak. It’s a fungal outbreak based on the real-life fungus ophiocordiceps unilateralis, which takes over the brains of insects and small animals in the jungles of South America. This, is my mind makes this the most unique “zombie” story to date. Who wrote this article???

  21. I think Hugh Jackman or Gerald Butler would both be great as Joel. I also think Chloe and Ellen Page would be perfect for Ellie.

  22. Hugh Jackman would be best for the role of Joel!!!!

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  24. Andrew Lincoln from the walking dead or Hugh Jackman as Joel!!

  25. I think Hugh should be Joel and Chloe should be Ellie she would just need to die her hair, I actually thought she voiced Ellie! The chick from games of thrones dosnt suit the role and looks nothing like Ellie. It’s worse then having Megan fox pretty much play the same role in TMNT like she did in Transformers.


  27. Please just don’t butcher it like they did Chistopher Poalini’s “Eragon.” This is a very good story and many would be heartbroken to see such an admirable work to go to waste.

  28. I think it would be a great movie however they made it. and I think Gerard Butler would fit the role perfectly as well as Ellen page