Fans of the critically acclaimed video game The Last of Us where excited when Sony announced that Screen Gems would be distributing a film adaptation of the survival horror game with Sam Raimi serving as a producer. However, despite having two drafts of the script from Neil Druckmann and having done a table read-through, the film has been in development hell since the initial announcement. Now, Sam Raimi has spoken to IGN about the current status of the film where he revealed the reasons behind the lack of progress on the adaptation.
Raimi explained that Druckmann’s and Sony’s different plans for the movie are the reason behind the delay.
“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. 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.”
Raimi did reassure fans that despite the delay, he is still on board as the films producer.
“Yes, I’m attached to it. I’m not too sure what that means. 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.”
It appears that until Sony and Druckmann can reach an agreement over the direction of the film, there will not be any progress made on the video game adaptation.