In April, it was reported that the film adaptation of “The Last of Us” was stuck in development hell, with Neil Druckmann, creative director of Naughty Dog, revealing that there hadn’t been any work done “in over a year and a half” on the film. Sadly, it seems like nothing has changed in the months following that update.
When the film was first announced in March of 2014, things seemed to quickly pick up steam, and there were even rumors that “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams could be attached to the project. However, Sam Raimi - who was signed on to produce the film - didn’t sound too optimistic when he was recently asked about the film's development.
"Well, unfortunately that one -- when we went to Neil with Ghost House Pictures we were hoping to get the rights like we do any project and then we'd take it out and sell it but we'd control the rights," Raimi told IGN. "With this one he went to Sony -- who I have a very good relationship with -- but they have their own plans for it and I think Neil's plan for it -- I'm not trying to be political -- Neil's plan for it is not the same as Sony's. And because my company doesn't have the rights, I actually can't help him too much. Even though I'm one of the producers on it the way he set it up, he sold his rights to Sony, Sony hired me as a producer by chance, and I can't get the rights free for him so I'm not in the driver's seat and I can't tell you what Sony and Neil together will decide on. If they do move forward I'd love to help them again."
Asked if he was still attached to produce, Raimi confirmed he is, not that it makes mush difference at the moment. “Right now, it's just sitting there," he said. "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.”
Alas, it looks like the only way we’ll get to see Joel and Ellie anytime soon is by playing the game again.