The Last of Us video game to become feature film

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The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s hit for the Playstation 3, will be made into a movie.

Neil Druckmann, the game’s creative director, will write the script, while Naughty Dog’s co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra are signed on to the project as creative architects, reports Deadline Hollywood.

“When I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay,” said the president of Screen Gems, Clint Culpepper, who will be distributing the movie. Sam Raimi will also be involved in the movie, working under his Ghost House Pictures production company.

The game chronicles the battles of Joel and Ellie, his 14-year-old companion, to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where half of humanity has been turned into shambling monstrosities by a fungal infection. It sold 3.4m copies in its first three weeks, and eventually stayed at number one in the UK sales charts for six weeks.

Critics praised it for its “epic” story and the “well-drawn” relationship between Joel and Ellie, with the Guardian’s Nick Gillett describing it as “a memorable experience, its poignancy haunting you long after its denouement”.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Alex Hern, for theguardian.com on Friday 7th March 2014 12.44 Europe/London

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