‘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. This is just too exciting :D

  2. Actually it was a fungal outbreak. Hence the ENTIRE GAME.

  3. Maisie Williams as Ellie, and Josh Brolin as Joel. Please!

    • Are you a wizard?

  4. If they do make a movie, that would be amazing.

    Cholë Grace Moretz would be a good Ellie (or Ellen Page)
    And then Autumn Shields could play a wonderful Sarah!

  5. YES! I wanna see this happen! Ellen Page should be Ellie because it’s perfect and Gerard Butler would be a perfect Joel. Though Troy Baker definitely needs to be in the movie.

  6. Andrew Lincoln as Joel and Chloe Grace Moretz as Ellie. Ron Jeremy could be Bill, Jaden and Will Smith should be Henry and Sam. Finally, Rihanna as Marlene. Mega Lineup, good cast. Should be an awesome movie!

  7. Hugh Jackman as Joel and Chloe Grace Moretz as Ellie

    • Yes, I totally agree that Hugh Jackman would be perfect as Joel. However, should neither of these great actors be available or interested, I would like to offer “Hell on Wheels”‘s Anson Mount as another great candidate. He would also be a nice choice for Joel’s younger brother Tommy.

      As for Ellie, I think it has to be either Hailey Steinfeld (she ruled in True Grit) or the already mentioned Chloe Grace Moretz. Both of these young actresses have proven themselves more than capable of delivering the difficult combination raw grit and vulnerability that the role of Ellie requires. Yes, Ellen Paige would have been absolutely perfect – fifteen years ago, but she is in her thirties now.

  8. Kaitlyn Dever would be ideal as Ellie.

    • Until now I wasn’t familiar with Kaitlyn Dever as an actress, but after looking her up on Google I agree that she definitely looks a lot like Ellie. If she has the acting chops to boot, she should be high on the prospect list for sure.

  9. okay if they are gonna make it a movie I REALLY REALLY WANT Ellen Page to play ellie and gerard butler to play Joel… you guys have to see that they are VERY similar to joel and ellie

    • I completely agree Ellen Page would be great for the role as far as looks and personality are concerned but I just think she is too old to play Ellie at this point. Unless the movie picks up a while after the game. Then it would work out great.

  10. I’m thinkin Joel has to be played by Anson Mount. From the hit AMC show Hell On Wheels. Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler would also be excellent choices. As far as casting for Ellie, they have to be very careful in casting, Ellen page is too old to play the role. My vote would be for Elle fanning or Bailee Madison.

  11. Please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please Make this a movie or at least the Last of Us part 2. I am completing in love with this game it’s perfect!! And I wish I could thank whom ever created the Last of Us personally. Thank you Thank you

  12. Dylan McDermott or Noah Wyle from the falling skies. But I lean to Dylan McDermott.

  13. Forget whose acting I just want it to be about what Joel and Ellie do in the future. Does she ever change? Did he lie to her about the fireflies? (I think so)

    • no she wouldnt change… shes immune, and he did lie to her about the fire flies, it was all there in the game bud

  14. I think there is justification to create the movie to replicate the game because not everyone will play the game but everyone will love the story! I am on my third go round playing the game and it is only the story that allows my attention to stay focused just as intensely as the first time I played the game! Make the first movie about the game as it plays and then set up a franchise for further movies, it will be a huge success! Josh Brolin is a good call for Joel ;)

  15. Viggo Mortensen should play Joel. I don’t think anyone can do it besides him.

  16. They definetly need a movie even if it isn’t about Joel and Ellie as long as it is as good as the game I don’t care :) plus everyone who hasn’t played the game can see how great it truly is.