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Some of you may have already heard, but if you haven’t, then here is the news: The Last of Us, the hugely successful PS3 game developed by Naughty Dog is being made into a film.
Some of you may be excited, but the more leery of you are probably a bit apprehensive, especially with the history of video games becoming movies. It’s also a bit worrying for the movie’s success when you have a highly praised show like The Walking Dead, and plenty of other post-apocalyptic and zombie movies and shows out there. Still, just by being an adaption, I’m sure plenty of loyal fans will buy themselves a ticket.
Some good news, however, is that some of the people who worked on the game are actually going to be producing the film (with creative director Neil Druckmann writing the screenplay) with Sam Raimi. I’m a big fan of some of Raimi’s work, and hopefully they find a good director to get this story across as best as possible.
One thing that I find sad, though, is that we won’t be seeing Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson’s wonderful performances. Their work on the game is really a big part of what made it such a success. I’ve played tons of games, and to this day I still think that The Last of Us is one of the best story-driven gaming experiences I’ve ever had. If you’ve never played the game, go play it, or at least watch a good play-through of it. It shows that video games can be just as good as film when it comes to storytelling.
The movie is currently set for release later this year, on August 22nd.
The sequel will continue to star Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Jessica Alba, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, and Josh Brolin join the cast.
Let’s all just take this for what it is: a fun movie with lots of explosions with a storyline that probably won’t make very much sense with a strong absence of Shia LaBeouf.
Welcome to the franchise, Mark Wahlberg. Say hi to your mother for me.
TV & Film
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