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HBO’s The Last Of Us Series Told To Adapt The First Game While Introducing New Stories In Other Episodes, Producer Shares

Posted on March 23, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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While many are more so excited for the approaching Uncharted film as the production has concluded on the filming portion of the project back in late October the year prior, there are still followers anticipating to get an understanding of what is to be the planned HBO series for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. For one, the casting has already been decided for the starring duo.

In reports from both Deadline & The Hollywood Reporter back in early February, the two publications announced that Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) to be casted as Ellie while Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) will be given the role of her protector, Joel. Even more, the production is suspected to already beginning the its pre-production stage as HBO previous gave the greenlight for the project to get into motion back in November.

Now in an interview with IGN during South by Southwest 2021, Executive Producer Neil Druckmann elaborates on the aim for season one of the show. In that, he explains that the majority of the episodes planned will be an adaptation of the first games while some episodes are told to stray away from recognized experience. We talked at length [that season 1 of the show is going to be [the first game],” Druckmann explains.

As far as the superficial things, like should [a character] wear the same plaid shirt or the same red shirt? They might or might not appear in it, that’s way less important to us than getting the core of who these people are and the core of their journey.

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.

Upon viewing the production in contrast to other video game franchises that were adapted to film/TV, it comes to be a big surprise that the titular title will be closely interpreted into television – even to where parts of the game’s script is now part of the one owned by HBO. However, there is more tradition in the director spinning new dialogue and plot for the brand with new media that releases also.

In similarity, the same song can be sung for the upcoming Gears of War film. Then Coalition lead Rod Fergusson announced that the film based on the Epic Games franchise will be set in an alternate reality for the production to reach new heights outside of the plot o the mane installments. You can read the full report by heading here.

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Source: IGN

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