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It is almost impossible to keep up with the hot news pouring out of the San Diego Comic-Con this year! Highly sought after creative genius Sam Raimi dropped some exciting news at the Con with hundreds of fans standing by for the announcements. Horror geeks and Playstation fan boys in particular will be very excited to know that an “Evil Dead” TV series and a movie based on Sony PS’ video game “The Last of Us” will be heading our way in the next couple of years.

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Evil Dead is a 2013 American horror film co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is a stand-alone sequel to Sam Raimi’s 1981 critically acclaimed cult horror film The Evil Dead.

Raimi made the announcement on July 25 to deliver the great news. He says he is currently writing the TV series with his brother and Bruce Campbell. This is an exciting development, for those of you not in the know, Campbell was made famous for playing the hero Ash in Raimi’s first three cult classic instalments. The helmer said that the TV series will have no material involvement with the previous big screen releases.

He said excitedly about the “Evil Dead” franchise:

“I always loved working on that series with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, and my brother and I are writing the Evil Dead TV show right now … with Bruce Campbell.”

GeekShizzle reported earlier this year that the highly decorated director/producer is showing interest to develop a movie about one of the most critically acclaimed video games to hit the market in decades. Naughty Dog’s “The last of us” is one of the most cinematic games we have ever played and we will be counting the days till the release of the big screen adaptation! Raimi revealed that he’s working on “The Last of Us” film for Screen Gems under his Ghost House banner with Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann penning the screenplay. Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra will also produce along with game director Bruce Straley. The scribe said he was strongly considering a different ending from the game, but Raimi told him to keep the original ending more or less. With Raimi secured as producer along with a huge creative team, the only box not ticked is the unannounced director. Rumor has it that “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams is in talks to star as Ellie. GS will keep you Posted!

Check out GeekShizzle’s Review for ‘The Last of Us’

Joel and Ellie from "The Last of Us"

Joel and Ellie from “The Last of Us”

Raimi said:

“It’s gonna be a great character journey, a great love story, and great horror fiction,”

Just a bit of background on the ‘The Last of Us’ courtesy of thelastofus.wikia.com:

“The Last of Us is a third-person survival horror action video game created exclusively for PlayStation 3. Set in the post-apocalyptic United States, the game tells the story of survivors Joel and Ellie as they work together to survive their westward journey across what remains of the country to find a possible cure for the modern fungal plague that has nearly decimated the entire human race.

The Last of Us takes place in the year 2033, twenty years after a fungal-based, brain-altering pandemic has spread and infected nearly 60% of the world’s population (possibly even more). Since the outbreak, the world has gone into a state of panic and frenzy as officials try to fix and keep the situation under control. When the World Health Organization’s attempts to procure a vaccine fail, the United States government does away with the bureaucrats in power and the establishment of the American government. The country is turned into a police state under the control of homeland security and the military, and cities across the nation are placed under martial law one by one. Survivors of the pandemic are assigned to designated quarantine zones that are supposed to separate them from the infected and keep them safe.

Sometime within the twenty years leading up to the main events of the game, an anti-government militia group calling themselves the Fireflies is established, and their main goal is to find and produce a vaccine for the Cordyceps Brain Infection, while staging attacks on quarantine zones as an act of defiance, as they view the military as tyrants.”

Source: deadline.com