Neil Druckmann, the writer behind the game and the movie, says he’s reducing the epic story to its core elements.
Well..duh. The game is like 15 hours long on average. A movie is around 2 hours. A lot of the game is going to be cut.
True, but how many of those 15 hours are spent hiding behind desks and rummaging through drawers?
That's exactly my point. Lol.
If Joel doesn't have to find planks of wood to make bridges then they probably shouldn't pretend it is a TLOU movie. Or more likely I assume they are talking about chopping up the plot a bit. Which you would expect, as the pacing of a game is not necessarily a good fit for a film.
You can play through New Game + in around 10 hours by skipping exploration but you'll still need around 20 hours for your first playthrough. I'm on my 3rd playthrough and I still discover new stuff :D Putting all that in a 2 hour movie is quite the task, I just hope they can reproduce the atmosphere of some of the amazing locations in the game... that's actually where my biggest concern lies.
It will mostly be story bits done for gameplay For example the intro with Robert that could be cut to shreds. At it's core it was just a tutorial to get us started. <Spoilers> All you would need to have at the beginning of the film is Tess telling Joel they need to have a "talk" with Robert, they go through the gate HOWEVER the explosion from the Fireflies happens on the other side and they manage to get through the gate. With this you establish the Fireflies and you get them through to meet Robert quicker to save time. Next scene is Tess walking to Roberts office and shooting his two bodybuards like she does in the game and they burst in to see Robert. Robert ruins, he gets caught, Tess shoots him, Marlene is introduced and then they get STRAIGHT to the building where Ellie is. See you've already cut a lot of gameplay to save time while still retaining the core elements of the story. Hollywood doesn't know it but it's really not that hard to write video game films when you have the source material in front of you. 90% of the work has been done for you.
I agree with you but, in particular, the Last of Us may struggle from being cut. The big theme is the relationship between Ellie and Joel and how it evolves. A two hour movie has never really done that well (especially when there is no history between the characters) enough because there really isn't enough time. The game being that long worked in favour of selling the story.
@iamnsuperman yeah, kinda feel like it should be selfindulgent long like a Peter Jackson flick and it would actually help it a lot, as the game had a slow 'smell the roses' type pacing to it. Making it only about the action would really take away the beautiful,ugly desolation which set the mood as much as the danger and action did. Really happy about the director and writer choices though. Spiderman had great pacing I thought (last time I saw Evil Dead was in the early 80's, so I don't remember the pacing), and obviously the Last of Us writer is familiar and invested in the source material.
It was also an intro to the world, a primer on Joel/Tess's characters, the necessity of the Fireflies, the threat of the infection, and the measures necessary to contain it. It's necessary to set up the plot. Instead, you'll probably see them trim the middle section, Bill's town, the truck ambush, the hotel, the hunting rifle. Folded in with Henry/Sam to compress that portion of the story. They may cut it altogether, though I hope not.
So you just cut the dead daughter bit which underpins everything that follows with Joel and Ellie. Err ok not a good start to their character arcs
@Dfooster No that stays in tact, I just meant the beginning of the post infected world I was giving an example above of scenes which COULD be condensed to save time.
SPOILERS PROBABLY. The game is fairly episodic so some parts could potentially be cut out whole sale. Bill's town, though I love it, is all about them just getting a car. You could cut that down to a scene of them finding a car after their run in with the military and cut out bill all together. You could also cut out most/all of the action in Wyoming and just have it be an action breather. That portion is all about Joel's commitment to the task at hand. You don't really need a shoot em up for that. Then you just trim out a bunch of the firefights, tighten up the beginning bits, perhaps compress the Sam stuff or tie it in more to the main journey. It's easy enough to cut it down to two hours, it's just a question of can they keep the game's heart and soul intact while doing that. I'm hopeful.
Yeah with last of us being a multiple hours long experience where you become attached to the characters. I wonder how they are going to capture that moment where Ellie goes through that transformation from her more innocent self. Man 2 hours... Ok. I never thought I'd be that guy that critiques film adaptations like a Harry potter fan but I'm nervous but also excited.
I spent 22 hours completing it the first time on PS3. And about 20 hours on the PS4. (albeit harder difficulty) Call me a noob :P
They need to make this a mini series. I mean it could be 3 episodes long. It just seems best suited
Agreed. I prefer a series over a movie. You can accomplish so much more with a couple of episodes over a 2 hour movie. I think a 6 episode mini series would be Perfect for this.
You could be onto something there, there's nothing to say this movie won't be a trilogy...
There's no reason this can't be a 2h 30min movie if the plot requires it.
Step 1: Watch The Road Step 2: Add mushrooms. Done.
Step 3: sauteed onions and peppers. ;P Step 4: Delicious Profit
The Road was such an upbeat cheerful movie.
The road was a surprise hit for me...
They shouldn't make a movie out of the game. Its a gaming gem - keep it that way.
YES! Movies now are watered down bullshit.
Damn.. then what next? They "cut" the director and chose Uwe Boll? Bah, sadness.... i was really hoping for a good movie about TLOU...
i wish it was a separate story from the game.
oh my god they actually got someone who cares about the game's story and a good director. somebody pinch me
I would rather it be a mini-series and be given the story it deserves, than a watered down fragment of itself. Too often stories and relationships in movies are too rushed due the length of time, especially given the time span that TLoU covers. Add to that the number of movies based off of games that flopped, and I'm a little worried.
Definatley need to have the David part and the sewers part
I am really interested to how this movie will turn out , with the right cast it could be awesome !
Well done Mr. obvious. It's most likely going to be as short as they possibly can. It will be inspired by films such as the Road, No Country For Old Men and Children Of Men, they're all films about journeys that don't stretch the two hour limit with the story amount being satisfactory. It will keep the beginning and end but the middle is questionable, it will be a big success if Druckman can write a film and not a game, that's the biggest hurdle. Hopefully this will start the new Comic Book Movie Cycle, the Video Game Movie Cycle. Don't be surprised if Tess and the brothers are cut and maybe David (If they want to steer clear of the game's morality aspect.) Saying that though, we don't know how many there will be...
I hope they leave out the bloaters. It was ok as a gaming element but it will blow in movie format.
There will be one.