On Friday, after the Animation Show, Comic-Con introduced a new panel called "Sneak Peek" that showcase the latest and greatest in Hollywood and pop culture. The first thing screened was the re-mastered trailer for the video game The Last of Us, while the announcement of a major motion picture based on the property was coming soon to a theater near you. The panel's moderator introduced the video games' Creative Director Neil Druckmann, who will also be writing the film's screenplay, and the movie's producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man), who unfortunately not direct the new film.
The panel surrounded how Raimi and the video game developers Naughty Dog got together to make a movie based on The Last of Us. Apparently, the movie adaptation will be not like any other video game movie because its story will play heavily with the video game. It will also be the first video game movie where the game's creative developer will also write the film's screenplay. Druckmann also mentioned scenes from the video game will play into the movie, including the popular truck ambush scene. Sam Raimi and Naughty Dog are working very close together to bring The Last of Us to the big screen.
While there are no official actors announced for the film, its producers are talking to Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) to possibly play the role of Ellie. Most likely, Bruce Campbell will play a small role in the film (as he does in almost every Sam Raimi movie).
Interestingly, Sam Raimi is a gamer. He's a big fan of horror video games. When he discovered The Last of Us, he was surprised that he was so emotionally involved with its story and characters that he immediately felt that this needed to be a movie and that he wanted to bring it to the big screen.
Aside from The Last of Us, While a sequel to Army of Darkness is not in development at the moment, Sam Raimi also mentioned that he's currently working on an Evil Dead TV series with Bruce Campbell. From everything we've heard from the new film, there's a good chance that it might be good, but we have to hear who will direct the film before we can get a good feel for it. Importantly, no one has been cast in the film and we have yet to hear an official release date. But with the filmmakers working closely with the video game developers, it's likely that The Last of Us might be a good one.
At the end of the panel, San Diego Comic-Con organizers presented Sam Raimi with Ink Pot Award, which is given to individuals who have "contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services."
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