To say that #TheLastOfUs movie has been in development for awhile wouldn't be entirely accurate, because "development" is probably too strong a word to apply to whatever's going on with that project.
Back in April, original game writer Neil Druckmann said that "there hasn't been any work done on it in over a year and a half." Now, producer Sam Raimi has come forward with even more disappointing information:
"Right now it's just sitting there. They don't want to move forward, and it's not my place to say why, and Neil, I think, is in a slight disagreement with them about how things should go so there's a standstill. And I don't have the power to move it."
The movie definitely isn't cancelled, but it's certainly not doing anything else, either. It seems like a movie based on one of the most amazing modern video games yet could actually be canned any day now — and there's a number of reasons why that could happen.
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Ah yes, that old chestnut. "Creative differences" is an all-too-common excuse for the breakdown of many a movie. Druckmann was applauded for creating an incredible and unique narrative that completely shook up the future of game development, so there's no doubt he'd want to protect his storyline as much as possible.
It could be that he's is refusing to budge on certain edits to his script. According to Raimi: "Neil's plan for it is not the same as Sony's." A year-and-a-half standstill between Druckmann and #Sony sounds pretty crazy, but not impossible.
The infected antagonists of The Last of Us are pretty grotesque. That big guy above is called a Bloater — an infected person who has an out-of-control form of the fungal infection that has devastated humanity. All infected humanoids in the game have a similar appearance, with many sporting fungus-mutated faces.
While they look cool, these creatures aren't cheap to recreate in a film. The special effects makeup budget would have to be incredibly high, not to mention the necessary animation. With so many upcoming releases, it's not surprising that Sony would want to put this expensive project on the back burner.
Even sooner to be released is the final installment of #ResidentEvil, a film that is visually quite similar to The Last of Us. It's clear to see why Sony may want to wait until the attention from those 2017 releases subsides before building up hype for The Last of Us.
The Wrath Of Ellen Page
In case you missed the drama back in 2013, Ellen Page was not keen to jump on Naughty Dog's The Last of Us hype train, and for a very personal reason. Fans of the game instantly spotted Ellen's likeness to main character Ellie, with some going so far as to assume the actor was her. But it wasn't, because she already had an acting job with another PlayStation release, Beyond: Two Souls. She called out Naughty Dog, joking that she "should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness." Ouch.
Naughty Dog took the remark so seriously that they redesigned Ellie's character to look slightly less like Page. Sony is also in Page's bad books due to the company's inability to properly censor her nude scenes in Beyond: Two Souls, which almost lead to legal action being taken. If Sony owes her one, then maybe holding back The Last of Us is helping her get revenge for the whole "ripped off likeness" fiasco.
Take a look at Sam Raimi's most recent project, Ash Vs Evil Dead:
Do you think The Last Of Us movie will ever happen?