A movie adaptation of Days Gone is in the works at Sony’s PlayStation Productions division. The movie is based on the 2019 video game of the same name from developer Bend Studio which followed Deacon St. John, a motorcycle club member and survivor of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies following a global pandemic.
According to Deadline, the movie adaptation of Days Gone will be written by Sheldon Turner, who previously wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air. Turner also had a story credit on X-Men: First Class. Scottish actor Sam Heughan, known for his roles in Outlander and Bloodshot, is in talks to play the protagonist.
For some reason, Sam Witwer, who is an established actor and played Deacon St. John in the video game, wasn’t cast in the leading role. Many fans already pointed out that it would’ve been the obvious choice considering his voice and likeliness was used for the character. This sentiment was even shared by the developers themselves, who aren’t too happy with the casting.
On the other hand, fans of the game at least have something to look forward to. According to the director, Days Gone 2 was once pitched to PlayStation but rejected. Some speculated that this was due to the game’s critical reception which wasn’t on par with its fellow PlayStation exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Sony quickly shot down any chances of the game having a sequel that could’ve improved on the first’s shortcomings.
Sony is turning several of its IPs into either movies or TV shows, notably Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn and Twisted Metal. Days Gone now joins that list. PlayStation Productions recently released the live-action Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake.