The Last of Us movie adaptation made a big splash at Comic-Con, where it was /comic-con-last-of-us-movie-eyes-bruce-campbell-and-maisie-williams/teased that Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams is being eyed for a lead role, and that cult icon Bruce Campbell may also appear in some capacity. Now, screenwriter Neil Druckmann, who is also the writer and creative director on the original video game, has provided an update, explaining that the story is getting an overhaul, and that elements will be changed from the game.
The Last of Us essentially has a 15 hour storyline, and that needs to be whittled down into two hours or less. Which has proven to be quite the challenge. Neil Druckmann explains,
"In two hours you can't tell the same kind of story that you can in a game like The Last of Us, which is 15 hours. I'm in the middle of it now, and it's been super difficult because there's so much that happens in The Last of Us, even just in the cinematics, that can't fit in a film, let alone all the gameplay in-between and dialogue."
While big changes are coming in this film adaptation of The Last of Us, which is being created in collaboration with legendary director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead; Spider-Man), the movie will retain the core relationship between its two heroes, Joel and Ellie. Springing off of that, the storyline will be significantly different in many respects.
"It almost has this novel quality as far as how much content there is. And a film works really well when it's laser-focused, so the first part of it was like: well, what is this story really about? It's clearly about Joel and Ellie. What are the most important beats that we can't lose? Start with those, and cut everything else out.
It's been really difficult to cut certain things out, but what I'm starting to get this is really focused narrative that's about these two characters. Some parts will be similar to the game and some parts will be quite different, but it's kind of interesting in helping me understand this other medium and its strengths compared to video games."
What do you think about these impending changes? Is there anything you definitely want to see included in the movie? You can read more with Neil Druckmann: CLICK HERE