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Screen Gems, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures, has revealed that they will distribute a film adaptation of one of 2013′s best-loved games: The Last of Us. The company will partner with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to produce the film and they have given huge amounts of creative control to Naughty Dog, the development team behind the game. Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, Christophe Balestra, and Bruce Straley will serve as “creative architects” on the film along with Creative Director Neil Druckmann, who will also write the screenplay.
Casting for The Last of Us will be crucial to the film’s success as fans have fallen in love with Joel and Ellie and the actors who provide their voices (Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, respectively). It’s unlikely that they’ll reprise their roles in the film as Baker has never acted in a live-action production before and Johnson is more than a decade older than the teenage Ellie. Ellen Page, who turned 27 a few weeks ago and bears more than a passing resemblence to Ellie, is likely also too old to portray the teenager. A search for a director has also begun and Raimi would seemingly be a perfect fit. Though its unknown if he’ll have anything to do with the film besides offering his services as a producer. Plus, he’s got Army of Darkness 2 currently in development.
In recent years, Screen Gems is probably best known as the studio behind the Resident Evil film series, so they’re certainly familiar with adapting beloved game franchises.
Hello there, gamers! I bet you’re excited for the weekend to start. What will you be playing over the next few days? There are so many great games coming out over the next few weeks that it seems like everyone’s scrambling to wrap up the games they already started. I’m really looking forward to TowerFall Ascension, which absolutely everyone on the planet needs to buy on Tuesday. Seriously. Buy that.
Let’s talk about deals! Over at Steam, they’ve got a new Daily Deal that went live today. It’s Resident Evil Revelations, and it’s a whopping 75% off, marking it down to $12.49.
Other than that, there are a few more sales over at the Humble Store. You can grab Commandos Collection for $3.24, as well as Kings Bounty: Warriors of the North for $12.49.
As always, let’s wrap this up with some great t-shirts!
Wow, how did it get to be Thursday already? No complaints here – I’m looking forward to it! I can’t wait to play some games, hang out with friends, and celebrate my birthday. Oh, did I forget to mention Saturday is my birthday? Well, it is, and I’m very excited about it!
There’s a new Humble Weekly Bundle, and this one is all Pop Cap games! Pay what you want for Peggle Deluxe, Bejeweled 3, Bookworm Deluxe, Escape Rosecliff Island, and Feeding Frenzy 2 Deluxe. Pay $6 or more to unlock Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition, Peggle Nights, and Zema’s Revenge.
Finally, there’s a brand new bundle at Indie Royale as well. Pay the minimum for Face Noir, The 39 Steps, Data Jammers: FastForward, Fairy Bloom Freesia, LightFish, Fish vs. Crabs, Primal Fears, and Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars.
I’ve got some fantastic gaming shirts for you to spend money on today!
It’s the middle of the week, which means it’s getting closer to the weekend! I hear the weather is going to be beautiful, which means I might even try to spend some time outside. Or maybe I’ll just open the windows while I play games inside. That’s pretty close to going out, right?
Steam has some deals as well. Their Midweek Madness deal right now is The Walking Dead: Season 2 for $16.74. The Daily Deal is Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord for $1.24. Scoop ‘em up!
Just one gaming shirt today…
It’s time for a brand new Humble Bundle already! This one is called the Humble Mobile Bundle 4. Pay what you want for Catan, Vector, Riptide GP2, and Zombie Gunship; pay more than the average to unlock BADLAND Premium and Breach & Clear. There are some new deals in the Humble Store as well – you can get Tower of Guns for $9.99, Retro Game Crunch for $11.99, and Shadowgrounds for $0.69.
The Midweek Madness at Steam is The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing for $5.09, and the Daily Deal is Puddle for $3.39. Also, it’s the last day to get the latest Indie Royale, the Pancake Bundle. Beat the current minimum to get Gentlemen!, Survivor Squad, Eleusis, Gimbal, Talisman Prologue, Bad Hotel, and Entropy.
There are only two t-shirts today, but they’re amazing.
Another day, another foot of snow here in Philadelphia! The cold weather is perfect for video game-playing. What games do you like to play when you’re snowed in?
There are a few digital deals happening today, if you need some games. Receiver is the Daily Deal at Steam, on sale for $1.69. There are also some deals happening at the Humble Store – you can pre-order Luftrausers for $8.99, or get Trine and Trine 2 for $0.99 and $2.99, respectively.
Don’t forget, you’ve still got time to get in on the Humble Indie Bundle 11 as well. Pay what you want for Guacamelee! Gold Edition, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, and The Swapper. Pay more than the average for Antichamber, Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, Fez, Starseed Pilgrim, and Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians. Seriously, scoop that up.
As always, I’ve got a few t-shirts for you as well.
It’s Friday at last! What are you doing to be doing all weekend? Anthony Amato and I are finally going to play some Dungeons & Dragons after a hiatus of something like four months. It should be fun! I’m looking forward to that, and sleeping. Oh, the sleeping I’ll do.
Let’s talk about deals, shall we? There are lots of sales happening at the Humble Store. You can get Shadowrun Returns for $14.99, Planetary Annihilation for $29.99, Waking Mars for $1.99, and Power-Up for $2.39, among others. Other than that, all you’ve really got is the Daily Deal over at Steam, which is Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution for $7.49. Scoop ‘em up!
The last t-shirts of the week are good ones!
What kind of film could you create out of a video game with no characters, no plot, and no consistent world from player to player? I don’t know, but when you’re talking about the most popular game in the world, Warner Bros. is willing to give it a try. Deadline is reporting that the movie studio has reached a deal with Mojang to create a movie based on Minecraft.
The Minecraft movie will be produced by Roy Lee, who is one of the masterminds behind this year’s massively popular The Lego Movie. Jill Messick, a producer on Mean Girls, will also help bring Minecraft to the silver screen. It is much too early to discuss writers, directors, or actors, but might I suggest Quentin Tarantino for all three? Nah, I’m only joking… I think.
Warner Bros. is no stranger to the world of video games. In addition to producing the next Mortal Kombat movie, the company is one of the few to find success in game publishing thanks to its WB Games label.