The Last of Us Movie That Could Have Been: Images Appear Online

The short project would have bridged the two games and re-told each chapter in a unique visual and narrative style.

The Last of Us Part 2 releases in just a few months and continues Ellie and Joel's harrowing journey across a devastated post-apocalyptic world. Thanks to GamesRadar+, we're now learning Sony planned an animated movie to act as a bridge between the first The Last of Us and the sequel.

The animation group Oddfellows originally posted an overview of the project, with concept art and animation stills, on its website before removing the page shortly after. However, it's still available thanks to Google Cache, and most of the images are hosted on Imgur now.

The overview says The Last of Us animation would have carved out a unique style for itself separate from the game, and the goal was using a series of flashbacks to cover key moments from the first game. This would have brought viewers up to speed for the second game and re-told important plot points in a unique new way.

The post reads:

Our proposal was to reinterpret each of the chapters of the game with a unique visual treatment. Using singular narrative device [sic] would allow us to bridge the styles and travel seamlessly between the past and present.

Ultimately Sony decided not to move forward with this project.

Why Sony decided not to proceed isn't clear, especially since making games into films and shows is one of its priorities moving forward.

Whether this is the last we hear of it or something else pops up down the line remains to be seen. Either way, The Last of Us Part 2 launches on PlayStation 4 on May 29. If you haven't pre-ordered your copy yet, check out our Last of Us 2 pre-order guide, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Last of Us news as it develops.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Jan. 24th 2020

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