Talk of Maisie Williams playing one of the two lead roles in video game adaptation The Last of Us began this past summer at Comic Con when producer Sam Raimi and The Last of Us video game creative director, Neil Druckmann, who is scripting the film, announced the development during Screen Gems’ panel. During that conversation Raimi mentioned that he had met with the young Game of Thrones actress to play Ellie, the young woman who navigates a sort of post-apocalyptic world after a viral pandemic ravages humanity.
In the months since that announcement, Williams has talked optimistically about The Last of Us, though no official cast announcement has been forthcoming. Now she says that “at the moment, it’s looking like ‘yes’,” despite the project still being in development. Read More »
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I’m a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones and always think Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, is one of the highlights. But it wasn’t until this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that I realized just how many other people share that sentiment. Williams was one of the top five most celebrated actors at Comic Con. I’m talking Robert Downey Jr. levels of excitement and screams when she took the stage. And though her role on Thrones will continue, she’s beginning to capitalize on that popularity with some potentially much bigger roles.
In a new interview, Williams talked about the possibility of her playing Ellie in a Last of Us movie produced by Sam Raimi, as well as a new, mystery, superhero project she likened to Kick-Ass. Read the Maisie Williams movie quotes below. Read More »
Naughty Dog, Screen Gems, and Sam Raimi are teaming to craft a big-screen adaption of the video game The Last of Us. In the game a damaged man, Joel, escorts a young woman named Ellie across a United States ravaged by an infection that turns people into zombie-like cannibalistic monsters.
Raimi is producing, and Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director at Naughty Dog, is writing the script for the film. The idea, according to Raimi and Druckmann, is to protect the original material while focusing the 15-hour game into a two-hour story that really hones in on the relationship between the two main characters.
A director hasn’t yet been chosen (again, Raimi is producing) and it’s too early to announce deals for casting, but the two did drop one name. Druckmann says they’ve met with Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, to play Ellie. Read More »
One of the biggest video games of 2013, The Last of Us, is officially getting a movie. Screen Gems has just signed to distribute a live action version of the Naughty Dog game and creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann, is writing. Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House Pictures will produce. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.
In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.
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Video games don’t have their version of the Oscars, but if they did, Naughty Dog’s latest game The Last of Us would be a strong contender this year. Released earlier this summer for PlayStation 3, the dramatic action game follows a young man named Joel who escorts an important girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and other unpleasantness. Think Children of Men meets The Walking Dead, with a little The Professional thrown in.
Since the game’s release this summer, there’s been no mention of a film adaptation but that ends now. Sony has registered the domains TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net. Read More »
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