[Comic-Con ’14] Sam Raimi Producing “THE LAST OF US” Adaptation, Writing “EVIL DEAD” SeriesNews Samuel Zimmerman
San Diego Comic-Con is starting to heat up with the Sony Screen Gems announcement that genre legend Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD, SPIDER-MAN 1-3) will produce a feature adaptation of last year’s survival horror hit THE LAST OF US.
UPDATE: Additional reports are coming in out of the panel that Raimi has revealed plans for an EVIL DEAD television series. Bruce Campbell is involved, and that’s all there is now.
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Set in a post-apocalyptic U.S. after the bulk of the population has been wiped out by an infection, THE LAST OF US follows Joel, who’s “asked by a dying friend to look after Ellie, a fourteen-year-old girl with courage beyond her years. What starts out as a simple job to deliver Ellie to another Quarantine Zone, soon transforms into a profound journey that will forever change Joel and Ellie. As they trek across the country, Joel and Ellie will encounter different factions of survivors that have each found a unique way of dealing with the infected humans, the lack of supplies, and the threat of other survivors.”
A massive title in the survival horror world, THE LAST OF US is especially notable for its infected villains, who eschew zombie-esque design and instead are mutated by the fungal virus. The first word out of Sony’s panel in SDCC’s famed HALL H is that Raimi will produce the upcoming feature film (no timetable) alongside Neil Druckmann, the co-director and writer of the game. Druckmann will also script.
The filmmakers revealed they’re looking to GAME OF THRONES’ Maisie Williams to play Ellie, though the movie is still years off.
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