The First of Us - to be an actual decent video game movie?
The Last Of Us, the hugely acclaimed Playstation 3 game, is set to be made into a movie.
Sam Raimi has bought the rights to the game, which was released last summer to huge critical and commercial success.
The game, set twenty years after a unnamed post-apocalyptic event, was praised for its cinematic artistry and tension-building.
Many critics went as far as calling it the best game of all time. Empire magazine called it “the best film of the year (that wasn’t actually a film)”.
Now Raimi and studio Screen Gems are beginning the process of turning game into movie.
Neil Druckmann, who co-created the game, has signed on to write the screenplay.
Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper said: “Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it. When I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay. And Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil's vision.”
Video game adaptations have had a chequered history, to put it kindly. But with critical darling Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) currently shooting Warcraft, perhaps that particular tide is turning.
Here's hoping The Last Of Us lives up to its solidly cinematic promise.