A Key Piece Of The Last Of Us TV Adaptation Has Been Revealed

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A Key Piece Of The Last Of Us TV Adaptation Has Been Revealed
The <em>Last of Us Part II</em> is out this week and the TV show is moving ahead. (Image: Sony)

The new game is out Friday and the TV show has a pilot director. It’s a big week for post-apocalyptic tale The Last of Us.

Speaking to DiscussingFilm, director Johan Renck revealed he’ll be helming the pilot to the video game adaptation as well as executive producing along with game creator Neil Druckman and Craig Mazin. Mazin and Renck previously worked on a different sort of bleak story: the award-winning HBO mini-series Chernobyl.

“It’s an ongoing TV series,” Renck said. “So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot. Then we’ll see how it goes on further. I mean, both Craig and I, we are working with each other again and we will work with each other on other things because we like each other.”

Set in the post-apocalyptic near future, The Last of Us follows a young girl named Ellie who is immune to a deadly zombie virus. She’s escorted across the country by a stranger named Joel and the two develop a father-daughter relationship. Ellie could be the key to a cure that could save millions, and Joel has to decide what’s more important: the fate of the world or the love of this child?

The story then continues in The Last of Us Part II, which is out for PlayStation 4 on Friday. It picks up several years later with Joel and Ellie dealing with the consequences of their actions in the previous game. I’m currently in the process of playing it and, at least 17 hours or so into it, the story somehow ends up being even more gut-wrenching than the first one. And I’m not even done yet.

This, of course, means that Renck and Mazin have plenty of material to work with for an ongoing series. And if they bring the same intensity they did to Chernobyl, The Last of Us could end up being the next Walking Dead.

There’s no word on when Renck will begin shooting the pilot; in the interview, he hints that casting the show is a challenge because the main characters are so recognisable to players. It’s going to be interesting to see who gets chosen, and if HBO moves forward with the series.

We’ll have more on The Last of Us Part II in the coming days and the TV show as it moves along.

Comments

  • Goddamn, the people behind Chernobyl are a perfect fit for the sort of tone I’d want in a TLOU adaptation (not that I’ve even been able to play it yet, so no spoilers please, buying a PS3 just for the one game seemed really silly back then and buying used right now feels uncomfortable), I’m cautiously optimistic about this.

    • Why buy used when you can get the PS4 remaster for $13.95 on PSN in the current sale? Or are you still after a PS3 copy?

      • Don’t have, or really want, a PS4.

        I mean the better controllers would be really nice, but I’d rather have the PS3 because it’s a) cheaper and b) has access to the only other exclusive I’m interested in MGS: The Legacy Collection and the PS4 doesn’t. I’d be literally only playing those two games so a PS4 would be a waste when the only PS4 exclusive I was interested in (Horizon: Zero Dawn) is supposedly coming to my platform of choice (PC) sometime down the line.

    • Why do you feel uncomfortable buying used?

      You can get a cheap AF pre-owned PS3 from EBGames along with a copy of the game.

      • My partner and I went through 5? PS4s that we preowned through EB Games.
        I can’t remember all the maladies but it went something like:
        First one: was console banned from the eshop
        Second one: the fan was REALLY FUCKING LOUD ALL THE TIME
        Third one: there was a problem with the bluetooth reciever that caused the controllers to lag by like 10 seconds or something awful
        Fourth one: perfectly fine! Until one day it wouldn’t turn on anymore.
        Fifth one: Has been fine so far.

        I guess I did remember all the maladies.

        Obviously, my story is a mere anecdote and probably a statistical anomaly, but I personally could understand some hesitance towards preowned consoles!

        • And in all those instances you can just take the console back for a replacement.

          Could you do the same just as easily if you purchased second hand on eBay for example?

          • I’m thankful the option was there at all, yes, but it was a hell of a chore to live through.
            You’d think a lot of those would have been on a checklist before resale.

        • Also he/she is talking about buying a PS3, So second hand is the only option unless you want to pay a very high premium for an unopened PS3

          EB might have its issues, But when it comes to dealing with second-hand consoles its vastly superior to other avenues given that the purchase is protected much more by consumer laws and vastly easier to rectify issues.

      • COVID-19 – I live with someone with a compromised immune system and it’s possible it could kill her. Sure, the risk is almost gone now, but until it’s completely gone I try not to take any risks I don’t need to.

        As for buying used, that’s all I usually ever do unless it can’t be found used (much cheaper and I feel better about buying big hunks of metals and plastic that I know are going to sit in landfill for a long time when they die).
        I love used gear and have never really had an issue with it, but I do like to check electronics out in person, and I’m a bit paranoid right now until a second wave is definitely off the table or a vaccine is produced and I’m vaccinated.

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