Comic-Con 2014: Sam Raimi joined the game’s creator, Neil Druckmann, to talk about keeping a “laser focus” on the relationship between lead characters Joel and Ellie
Naughty Dog’s creative director, Neil Druckmann, joined Sam Raimi for a surprise presentation at San Diego Comic-Con on the film adaptation of Druckmann’s 2013 Playstation game, “The Last of Us.”
Raimi assured fans that the movie will stay true to the emotional core of the game. He had announced his involvement in the project back in March, and both men insisted that the film will have a “laser focus” on the relationship between lead characters Joel and Ellie.
Raimi added, “It doesn’t need to be different. It just needs to capture the core of what made ‘The Last of Us’ special to so many fans.”
Druckmann’s video game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where an infection has nearly wiped out the human population. Joel is hired to smuggled 14-year-old Ellie out of Boston, which is now a quarantine zone.
But it’s the emotional moments between the characters as they traverse the ravaged landscape that elevated the game beyond most post-apocalyptic fare, earning it high praise among critics and fans alike.
Druckmann did reveal that he’d originally pitched a different ending to Raimi, but the producer convinced him to have things play out at least somewhat the same as they did in the video game.
While no one has been cast yet, Druckmann revealed that he had met with “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams about possibly taking on the role of Ellie. The 17-year-old actress, who portrays Arya Stark, has grown into one of the most popular and lauded characters on the show.