Sam Rami to Produce 'The Last of Us' Film

The director of Evil Dead and Spider-Man confirmed he would not direct The Last of Us adaptation, but would still be "all over it."

Sam Rami is working with game developer Naughty Dog on the film adaptation of The Last of Us. The announcement came today at SDCC, where Rami was joined on the panel with Naughty Dog game producer Neil Druckmann. Druckmann admited that he wasn’t initially interested in a Last of Us movie, but Rami changed his mind. “We saw a filmmaker that got it,” he said. Naughty Dog will have final approval in the search for a director and cast, said Druckmann, who is penning the script.

The film production team admitted to taking a meeting with Game of Throne’s Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) for the lead role of Ellie, but nothing is locked as of yet. Druckmann also admitted to being a big fan of Ellen Page, whose likeness is eerily similar to that of the character, but would not acknowledge questions about possible casting.

Page was not thrilled with her alleged digital twin, stating in a Reddit AMA at the time, “I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness. But I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond: Two Souls, so it was not appreciated.”

Before the release of the game, Ellie’s features were edited to more closely resemble actress Ashley Johnson, who voiced the character, a move Naughty Dog said had nothing to do with the Page similarities, which the studio said were purely coincidental.

Rami dropped another bomb during his unexpected SDCC appearance: He is working on an Evil Dead television script with his brother, Ivan, and Bruce Campbell. 

UPDATE: Bruce Campbell confirms he plans to star in the Evil Dead television series, provided that it gets picked up by a network:

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