If Sony’s live-action rendition of Uncharted is trucking along nicely in development, tapping a director and screenwriter in Shawn Levy and Joe Carnahan, things couldn’t be more different for The Last of Us movie.
Last we reported, Sony’s other blockbuster adaptation had been placed on ice at the studio after displaying little-to-no sign progress in more than a year. That was back in April, and according to producer Sam Raimi, development on The Last of Us has essentially ground to a halt due to a disagreement between Sony and Naughty Dog, the developer behind the post-apocalyptic masterpiece.
Speaking to IGN in anticipation of Don’t Breathe‘s home video release, Raimi revealed that “right now [The Last of Us] is 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.”
Screen Gems, a subsidiary of Sony, first unveiled plans to adapt The Last of Us to the big screen two years ago, at which point Sam Raimi was confirmed as the film’s primary producer. What’s more, Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann was brought aboard to pen the screenplay, and it appeared Game of Thrones starlet Maisie Williams was being courted for the key role of Ellie. All of that exciting potential looks to have waned – or at the very least subsided – with nothing to report on pre-production or casting.
That leaves Sony facing a difficult conundrum if it really is to steer The Last of Us back on course. Thankfully, the opposite is true for Levy’s Uncharted movie, with plans in place to fire up production some time next year.