The article and video below contains SPOILERS for those who haven’t played The Last of Us.
Naughty Dog and Sony’s The Last of Us has had one hell of a week. Having spent the last year as one of the gaming industry’s biggest critical and popular successes, the game took a step forward today with its remastered release on the PlayStation 4. In anticipation for the release, the game took to Comic-Con in conjunction with Screen Gems’ upcoming feature adaptation, and was also the subject of a live performance on Monday night. I can get behind this kind of thing becoming a trend.
The poster above was unveiled for the appearance, which featured Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann, who is writing the screenplay, and producer Sam Raimi, who unveiled his own personal surprise by announcing an Evil Dead TV series. The film is looking at Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams for the co-lead role of Ellie. Watching Arya Stark do damage to monstrous sumbitches sounds like a good time at the theater to me, though nothing official has been announced yet.
On the game side of things, The Last of Us Remastered brings the multi-Game-of-the-Year-winning tale to next-gen audiences. And what better way to promote it than to hold a one night only live event? It might not sound like a feasible way to present the digital medium, but Naughty Dog brought out the game’s voice actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes, and Annie Wersching to perform line readings of key scenes. (No blood is shed.) Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla was also on hand for a live version of pieces from his Last of Us score. And to top it all off, Druckmann introduced a performance of the game’s alternate ending. Check it all out in the video below. You have to skip to the 30-minute mark before anything happens though.
And here’s a trailer for the Remastered version of The Last of Us.
Though many games try this tactic, The Last of Us is one of the few that actually feels like a movie being played out through a gamer’s hands. That’s what makes this adaptation so intriguing and interesting, because it conveys real emotions and difficult situations, to say the least. Seeing it turned into a movie will definitely take away some of that media-specific impact,. That said, put Williams together with an extremely likable group of actors and I’ll be in a theater seat faster than you can say, “You’re not my daughter.”