Back in 2014, Hollywood had set its eyes on The Last of Us, the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic video game which earned raves for its cinematic ambition. So an adaptation to the screen should have been no problem, right? Wrong. After two years of development under Screen Gems and Sony, with game director Neil Druckmann penning the script and Sam Raimi producing, the Last of Us movie ground to a halt. It languished in development hell until HBO swept in last year to pick up the pieces and turn the video game into a TV series.
So what went wrong? Druckmann recently spoke up about why The Last of Us movie fell apart, and why television ended up being the best medium for the story.
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HBO continues to hire directors almost exclusively from the arthouse industry to helm its high-profile series adaptation of the acclaimed video game The Last of Us. Oscar-nominated Quo vadis, Aida director Jasmila Žbanic and Border director Ali Abbasi are the latest filmmakers to be added to the roster of The Last of Us directors.
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Gabriel Luna is the latest actor to join HBO’s The Last of Us cast.
A new report says the Terminator: Dark Fate and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor will play Tommy, the younger brother of Pedro Pascal‘s character, Joel.
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HBO’s adaptation of the popular post-apocalyptic video game The Last of Us has the potential to become one of the premium cable channel’s biggest new hits, and ever since the series was announced, fans have been wondering exactly how closely the show will hew to the events portrayed in the games. According to Neil Druckmann, the creative director for the Last of Us video games and the co-showrunner of the TV adaptation, the first season of the show will adapt the events seen in the first game, and viewers should expect to hear familiar dialogue lifted directly from the game. But they should also prepare to be surprised by some significant deviations. Read More »
The Last of Us TV series headed to HBO has found its leads. The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal will play main character Joel, while Game of Thrones breakout Bella Ramsey will play Ellie, a teenage girl Joel is protecting. The show is based on the popular, bleak video game set in a post-apocalyptic United States ravaged by “hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated fungus.” Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is writing the script with game writer Neil Druckmann. Beanpole helmer Kantemir Balagov is directing the pilot.
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HBO’s highly anticipated television adaptation of the mega-hit video game The Last of Us has made a change behind the camera.
Johan Renck, the Chernobyl and Breaking Bad director who was previously hired to helm the pilot for this series, apparently had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Now a new report says the show’s producers have found his replacement in Kantemir Balagov, the director of the acclaimed Russian drama film Beanpole. Read More »
It’s official: Joel and Ellie are coming to television.
HBO has given a series order to The Last of Us, a television adaptation of Naughty Dog’s wildly popular video game about a smuggler and a young girl who must make their way across a zombie-infested America in the hopes of developing a cure for a virus that has ravaged the globe. The game’s creator and creative director, Neil Druckmann, is spearheading the show along with Craig Mazin, the Emmy Award-winning creator of Chernobyl. Read More »
The Last of Us, the mega-popular PlayStation game which received a sequel earlier this year, is soon heading to HBO as a television series. Writer/producer Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) has given a brief update about the TV adaptation, promising that it won’t “undo” what fans love about the video game’s story. Read More »
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Let’s start with something you don’t see in a lot of video game reviews: an accessibility disclaimer. There is unprecedented depth to the number of accessibility options within The Last of Us: Part II. This is intended for those visually/sonically impaired, those with physical disabilities (something that I personally am glad is being addressed), or people that simply don’t play video games enough to properly work a controller but that still want to experience a riveting narrative. With that said, I strongly urge someone to read this review even if they have never played a video game before, as maybe this would be a good starting point and that, from this point forward, games will further keep inclusivity in mind and eradicate gatekeeping.
With that out of the way, it must be set upfront that the bar is already set astronomically high for Game of the Decade, as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Part II (directed by the sole writer of the first game, Neil Druckmann, scribing the decidedly more female-focused sequel alongside Westworld‘s Halley Gross) delivers on its mountainous ambition.
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Director Johan Renck was behind the camera for all five episodes of HBO’s spectacular miniseries Chernobyl in 2019, and he ended up winning two well-deserved Emmys for his work on that show. Now the Swedish director is returning to HBO: Renck will direct the premium channel’s The Last of Us pilot, which is based on the popular video game. Read More »