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Here's the Latest on the Last of Us and Uncharted Movies

Not a lot of progress lately.


Two of Naughty Dog's biggest game franchises, The Last of Us and Uncharted, are being made into movies. But don't expect them soon, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann says.

In an interview with The Frame this week, Druckmann said the Last of Us movie has not progressed for years. "I have been a writer on it," he said when asked if he would be writing it. "But right now it hasn't moved anywhere in the past couple years."

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This tallies with what Druckmann, who directed The Last of Us the game, said in April this year. At the time, he said the film entered "development hell." This script was in a "good place" and there was even a table read, but no work has been done on it for quite a while.

Druckmann previously revealed the film won't follow the 2013 title's story exactly, but it will instead capture its overall tone. As of yet no director has been announced, but Spider-Man veteran Sam Raimi is confirmed to be producing it. Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams is believed to be a frontrunner for the role of Ellie, though if the project takes a long time to get started, another actress might need to be found.

"If they make it in 30 years, they can't have a 40-year-old Ellie," Williams said. "So at the moment, it's looking good, and I'd love to do it. Hell yeah."

As for the Uncharted film, it's been in the works for quite a while longer, but Druckmann didn't have any real update to share on its progress.

"The Uncharted film has been in development now for I think nine years so we've learned these things happen at their own time, very slowly," he said.

In other recent news about the Uncharted movie, the actor who plays Nathan Drake in the games, Nolan North, said Mark Wahlberg might not be the best choice for the lead role. "The last I heard Mark Wahlberg was still in the running, but I really don't see it," North said.

Wahlberg's involvement in the Uncharted movie dates back to 2010. At the time, The Fighter's David O. Russell was attached to direct, with Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci, as well as Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson, mentioned as potential actors. Russell has since dropped out, as has the next man to take the job, Limitless director Neil Burger.

As of November 2014, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is helming the Uncharted movie. Additionally, Mark Boal, who won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker, is working on the screenplay.

More recently, it was reported that Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt turned down the opportunity to play Drake.

In early 2015, a Sony hack revealed a number of new details regarding what was planned for the Uncharted movie, and offered a look at the 124-page script. For his part, North has said he believes fans aren't interested in seeing Hollywood's adaptation of the blockbuster video game series.

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