During Comic-Con last week, director and producer Sam Raimi announced that the zombie survival title “The Last of Us” will be made into a feature film. Raimi, 54, was the force behind the 2011 mini-series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” and 2009 horror film “Drag Me to Hello.” During the panel on Friday, he discussed the movie alongside “The Last of Us” writer Neil Druckman, who will also pen the movie.
“It’s gonna be a great character journey, a great love story and great horror fiction,” Raimi told the audience.
Earlier this week, we asked readers which actors they believed would be best as main protagonists Joel and Ellie. Dylan McDermott, 52, was preferred over Jeffrey Dean Morgan, 48.
“X-Men” star Hugh Jackman, 45, was selected over Josh Brolin, 46. We also received some additional suggestions for the part of Joel – Joel Edgerton, Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender and Jon Hamm.
“Kickass 2” star Chloe Grace Moretz, 17, beat Maisie Williams, 17, for the role of Ellie, while “Inception” actress Ellen Page, 27, was chosen over “Super 8” actress Elle Fanning, 16. Sadly, we didn’t receive a lot of outside suggestions for the role of Ellie.
We’ve narrowed down the choices for characters in the polls below. Let us know your favorites – and don’t forget to share with your friends!
“The Last of Us” launched for the PlayStation 3 on June 13 last year and on June 20 in Japan. The survival horror title sold more than 1.3 million units during its first week, and as of July, has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide.
Naughty Dog worked on the title in secret for two years after completing 2009’s “Uncharted 2.” The game was teased before the Spike Video Game Awards in November 2011 and was publicly shown in a gameplay demo at E3 2012. After its release, the game received critical praise, earning a 95.04 percent on GameRankings.
“Because the game spent so much time convincing me to care about these characters, its emotional high notes were even more effective, and its many sad scenes even more devastating,” Polygon said. GameSpot also called the music and sound design "exceptional.”