The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann has taken to Twitter to shade at video game movie adaptations.

Druckmann recently tweeted about Sonic the Hedgehog, the new film based on the video game franchise of the same name. In the tweet, Druckmann described the film as “fun and surprisingly faithful to many aspects of the games,” noting that he is “glad to see it doing well.”

He followed this remark by asking a rhetorical question: “What if the secret to adapting a video game is to tell a story that is respectful of its source material?”

Two Naughty Dog franchises—Uncharted and The Last of Us—have undergone trials and tribulations regarding film adaptations. An Uncharted film was first mentioned in 2008, with years of rumours pushing the film to several directors and actors; the most recent reports indicate that the film will star Tom Holland (Spider-Man: HomecomingAvengers: Endgame) as young Nathan Drake, with Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom) in talks to direct.

A film adaptation of The Last of Us was announced in 2014, written by Druckmann and produced by Sam Raimi (Evil DeadSpider-Man). Years of drafting and negotiations followed, and the film entered development hell after Sony and Druckmann disagreed. Last month, images of a cancelled animated short film adaptation of the game surfaced by production agency Oddfellows.

Whether or not Druckmann is referring to either of these adaptations is not entirely clear, but one can only assume that may be the case.

The Last of Us Part II will launch for PlayStation 4 on May 29, 2020. For more The Last of Us Part II coverage, check out OnlySP’s exclusive interview with Troy Baker discussing his return in playing Joel.

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Rhain Radford-Burns
Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over six years with no means of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption (and its sequel), Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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