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Sam Raimi To Produce ‘The Last Of Us’ Film Adaptation & More ‘Evil Dead’

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One of the better games of the last few years The Last of Us is on track for a film adaptation. Now the long history of games-to-films is a mixed bag of success, MORTAL KOMBAT flopped, RESIDENT EVIL smashed it, though had nothing to do with the original games except for the zombies. One of the more true game-to-film adaptations is the first SILENT HILL, though that was too out-there for the regular viewing public. This bittersweet history will have some fans of the game worrying what will happen to their beloved Ellie and Joel.

The news from this week’s San Diego Comic Com might just ease some of those nerves though as one of the game directors Neil Druckman will produce alongside Mr EVIL DEAD, Sam Raimi. Druckman will have a large degree of creative control, meaning the story shouldn’t veer too far away from the original source material (phew). The game follows young girl Ellie as she tries to survive a zombie filled America with the help of Joel.

As talk turned to casting Druckman confirmed that they had their Ellie in mind and had approached Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams for the role. Though still in talks, given her character Arya’s fate on the HBO show, we can’t think of many actresses better to tackle the role. The obvious choice would be Ellen Page whom bears a striking resemblance to the computer character (an issue which caused some controversy) by Williams, definitely has the ability to do Ellie proud.

When discussing the film’s director Raimi was quick to say that “I won’t be directing the movie, but I’ll be all over it”. He did go onto make the EVIL DEAD fanatics very happy as he revealed plans to continue the story. Raimi, his brother Ted, and Bruce Campbell are deep in works on an EVIL DEAD TV-show. No more information was given on the project, but with shows such as American Horror Story and The Walking Dead being as popular as they are, there is a definite market for it.

Source: San Diego Comic Con


Kat Hughes is a UK born film critic and interviewer who has a passion for horror films. An editor for THN, Kat is also a Rotten Tomatoes Approved Critic. She has bylines with Ghouls Magazine, Arrow Video, Film Stories, Certified Forgotten and FILMHOUNDS and has had essays published in home entertainment releases by Vinegar Syndrome and Second Sight. When not writing about horror, Kat hosts micro podcast Movies with Mummy along with her five-year-old daughter.

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