Submitted by MikeEaton 393d ago | opinion piece

3 Reasons Why The Last of Us: The Movie is Destined to Fail

Mike from Twinfinite writes, "Common wisdom seems to be that The Last of Us is the great white hope for movies adapted from video games; that its combination of top-tier performances, mature subject matter, and cinema-influenced visual style will be the magic formula that transcends the niche appeal of video games to film audiences. Here are a few reasons, however, why it’s not likely to be the one that pulls it off." (Culture, PS3, PS4, The Last Of Us)

fonger08  +   393d ago
I think it's going to be hard to convey the emotional experience that made the game so powerful to the big screen. I think without a controller and hours poured into a unique experience like TLoU, it's only excepted that something would be lost from the transition to a film. Not to mention, you're asking the most awarded game ever, to be a translated into a medium that exactly panned out in the past. Not exactly an easy gig...
It always is. Trying to fit 15 hours worth of story into a 2-3 hour movie seems daunting. They'll definitely have to change the story a bit and do it in a way that doesn't take away from it's identity.

But the guy that wrote the last of us story is also writing the movie so I'm sure he'll think of something. The hard part for me is going to be judging the movie experience independently of the game experience. I'm sure it'll stand on it's own merits.
iamnsuperman  +   393d ago
I somewhat feel they have gone the wrong direction with making a film in stead of a mini series. The entire game feels like a mini series. I wonder why they over looked it
Mr Pumblechook  +   393d ago
Twinfinite "3 Reasons Why The Last of Us: The Movie is Destined to Fail."

Haters gonna hate.
ramiuk1  +   393d ago
i didnt play TLOU on ps3 but got it day 1 on ps4.
Best game i have ever played ,story and characters was outstanding imo.
I didnt beleive it would be as good as the hype but jeez,its underhyped.

Dont get me wrong my setup is awesome
106" screen with high spec surround system, so i was totally imersed into the world and did it in 3 sittings.

years aog when i was younger i would stop up till silly hours with joy,over the years i lost that urge but this last 3 days i have been glued to screen and its all that was on my mind while at work.
but appocolypic is an amazing setting.

just gotta do the Behind Us DLC now
funkybudda  +   393d ago
To convey the emotional experience of the game, you need top notch actors and they don't come cheap. Since they already have a solid foundation of the script from the game, they just need a big budget to secure some top hollywood actors to play the part and get a proven director. If they are going to be cheap about it, of course it's going to fail.
Douchebag696  +   393d ago
They could always use the same actors that they used as voice actors for the actual game.
dumahim  +   393d ago
You want a 30 year to play a pre-teen girl?
WeAreLegion  +   393d ago
Screen Gems is giving Naughty Dog final say on actors and director. Neil is penning the script. Sam Raimi is producing because he didn't want it to fall into the wrong hands.

If any video game movie is going to succeed, it is this one.

The Comic Con panel was very informative.
slappy508  +   393d ago
BUt I thought I'd already seen the Last of Us movie last year, or World War Z as some people like to call it.
LordMaim  +   393d ago
Unlike The Last of Us, I'm pretty sure that World War Z didn't win any awards.

Unless you count Razzies.
shinrock  +   393d ago
More like the road.
wheresmymonkey  +   393d ago
I disagree mainly because the Last of US uis basically The Road with Zombies and that made a perfectly fine movie.

Hell if they get the guy that directed it and hire Macy williams and get Rory Mcann to play ellie and joel they're pretty much onto a winner from the get go.
Blacktric  +   393d ago
"Last of US uis basically The Road with Zombies"

The Road's universe is infinitely darker than the Last Of Us. For instance; the two main characters have never found a human settlement during the course of the movie, which spans a long enough time. Everything in the world is dead. There aren't even a live tree in sight for God's sake. Not to mention the kid regularly complaining about being really hungry for the first hour of the movie. I understand that you guys like The Last Of Us a lot, but come on.

On topic; I have no hope for neither this, nor the Metal Gear Solid movie, simply because of Screen Gems and Avi Arad's involvement, who said that people who made Resident Evil movies did it "right" and he's gonna do the same with MGS movie.
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SpinalRemains138  +   393d ago
Should not be a movie.

Cash grab to ride the name to profit.

Selling out once again is the maker of something wonderful.
WeAreLegion  +   393d ago
Neil and everyone at Naughty Dog said no to various offers from studios. Screen Gems let them choose the cast/director and write the script, with full creative freedom. It's NOT a cash grab.
OUROSMAG  +   393d ago
Heaven forbid people try to make money off their IP... lol
Gatsu  +   393d ago
Well I wouldn't be surprised if it fails, I mean look at all the other game movies out there. I think only ones I've liked was movies Silent Hill 1 and Mortal Kombat 1. There's just some games that should not be made into movies imo, as they kinda are already like movies. I'm concerned for TLoU, Uncharted and MGS movie. MGS movie is progressing also as it got director etc and working on a script.

All it really needs is the right choises, director, actors and good script. Please don't **** up our favorite game-movies by adding some too random stuff which isn't in the games. However these will end up though, I'll still probably watch them.
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Douchebag696  +   393d ago
A crappy movie could also affect future game sales if they do make a sequel. If they decide to make a movie they need to be very careful.
Gatsu  +   393d ago
Yes they need be careful :), unlike Paul W.S. Anderson :( who is responsible for most game-movies. I just actually read that he will do one more RE movie, coming next year.
Paul: "I think I can do a great Resident Evil movie series yeah, you'll be all so amazed how good they gonna be. I'll just cast my wife for the lead role, who isn't by the way in the games at all and give her all kinds of superpowers and kickass skills. Even Albert Wesker can't do anything against her with his uber bullet dodging-skills, so I will let my wife kick his ass."
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GiantFriendlyCrab  +   393d ago
ND has reached to level where movies are not needed anymore.
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Douchebag696  +   393d ago
It would be cool to see a really good movie made about a game though.
Dfooster  +   393d ago
I totally agree with this article. Plus I'd like to add that the list of actors/actresses banded about to play Joel and Ellie are not filling me with confidence. The characters are so believable in the game it WILL feel like someone impersonating one of our favourite actors and this will grate at least to the gaming community.

They really need to get actors in who are as close to the gaming performances as possible. Ellen page is an absolute must for me and as for Joel not so sure.
endzeitkind  +   393d ago
spare my life with this crap news.
tigertron  +   393d ago
Sounds promising, but we all know this won't be as good as the game, let's face it.
mrmack00  +   393d ago
best bet for commercial success would be to focus on appealing to the mainstream, not gamers, by making a good movie that keeps the spirit of TLOU. The hardcores will complain regardless, I think.
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