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The Last of Us movie wouldn’t work for this reason, says writer

Neil Druckmann, who wrote The Last of Us game and TV series, has explained why a horror movie adaptation never materialised despite interest in the idea

Why The Last of Us movie didn't work

The Last of Us is one of the most critically acclaimed videogames of all time. Yet despite the game’s huge success, it’s taken almost a decade to be adapted into a TV series. Why?

Well, in 2014, it was announced that Sony was developing a Last of Us video game movie and that Neil Druckmann (who wrote the game) had been brought on as the writer while horror movie legend Sam Raimi would produce. Unfortunately, these plans quickly fell apart, and the project fell into development hell.

There were reports at the time that this was because Druckmann and the studio were at odds over what the film should be. The studio reportedly wanted an intense action movie, while Druckmann was keen on making it a lower-budget thriller movie. Eventually, the whole idea of a Last of Us movie ground to a halt.

At The Last of Us premiere in LA, however, Druckmann opened up about the real reason why the zombie movie fell apart. The story was simply too big to fit into a two-hour runtime.

“The short answer is that the story is too long,” Druckmann told Variety. “We tried to make it into a movie, and it did not work because what is usually a 15-hour experience and compressing it down into two hours.”

“It didn’t work, and there is always something else that is popping out I felt was important to the story,” he continued.”This time around, it allowed us to take our time and have a slow burn with the relationship between Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) over a year-long journey that could have only been adapted into a TV show.”

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For more on The Last of Us, check out our article breaking down The Last of Us cast and learn who’s playing your favourite The Last of Us characters.

If you want to know what we thought of the show, you can read our The Last of Us TV series review, and if you want to know where you can watch The Last of Us well we have you covered.

Finally, if you’re a fan of the videogame, Our sister site, The Loadout, has a The Last of Us part 1 remake review, as well as their guide to the best PS5 games.