The Last of Us season 1 will cowl the occasions of the authentic recreation of the similar identify, Neil Druckmann has revealed. Druckmann is the author and director on each video games, The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II. Set in post-apocalyptic 2033, The Last of Us follows smuggler Joel and teenage orphan Ellie — to be performed by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, respectively — as they embark on a cross-country journey from Boston to Salt Lake City whereas battling zombies (they’re known as the Infected) that have been created due to a pandemic. The Last of Us Part II is ready 4 years later and follows Ellie on a revenge quest.
“We talked at size [that The Last of Us season 1 is going to be the first game,” Druckmann told IGN at SXSW 2021. “[For The Last of Us writer Craig Mazin and me, the philosophical underpinnings of the story] have been the important factor to get proper about the adaptation. As far as the superficial issues, like ought to [a character] put on the similar plaid shirt or the similar crimson shirt? They may or may not seem in it. That’s means much less vital to us than getting the core of who these persons are and the core of their journey.”
When The Last of Us HBO sequence was originally announced in March final yr, a report had stated that it “will cover the events of the original game, […] with the possibility of additional content based on” The Last of Us Part II. HBO has but to renew The Last of Us for a second season, and given the first season will adapt all of the first recreation, it might find yourself being a miniseries. Naturally, that destiny will rely on the reception to HBO’s The Last of Us. The video games have been critical and commercial hits, which provides HBO an excellent platform to construct on.
Druckmann additionally spoke about how translating the recreation to TV would have an effect: “Things sometimes stay pretty close. It’s funny to see my dialogue there from the games in HBO scripts. And sometimes they deviate greatly to much better effect because we are dealing with a different medium. For example, in the game, there’s so much action you have to have to train the player about mechanics. You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don’t need to train people on how to use a gun.”
“So that’s something that’s been really different, and HBO’s been great in pushing us to move away from hardcore action and focus more on the drama of the character. Some of my favorite episodes so far have deviated greatly from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them.”
HBO hasn’t set a launch date for The Last of Us.