Earlier this year, it was revealed HBO and PlayStation Productions were adapting the hit PlayStation video game The Last of Us into a television series with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and The Last of Us video game creative director Neil Druckmann co-writing the project.
During an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Chernobyl Special (via IGN), Mazin explained that the series will be designed to expand and enhance the story of the first game rather than undo it.
“I think fans of something worry that, when the property gets licensed to someone else, those people don’t really understand it, or are going to change it,” Mazin said. “In this case, I’m doing it with the guy who did it, and so the changes that we’re making are designed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance.”
“We’re creating anew and we’re also reimagining what is already there to present a different format,” Mazin said. “It’s kind of a dream come true for me. I’m a little bit scared because a lot of emotions connected to this game are rather intense. I think I’m probably going to go hide in a bunker for a while because you can’t make everyone happy!”
The Last of Us follows Joel and Ellie, two survivors of a post-apocalyptic world after a viral pandemic transformed people into mindless, ravaging monsters. As Joel and Ellie travel across the country and fend off monsters and humans, they have to learn who they really are in their fight for survival and redemption.
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