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The Last of Us HBO Series Will Have Some Differences from the Game

The Last of Us series creator Neil Druckmann recently confirmed in an interview with IGN that the first season of the upcoming HBO drama will cover the first game. The show will retell the events from the first game with some deviation to better adapt for television. Druckmann said that one advantage of the show format is that they did not have to invest time familiarizing the players with the gameplay mechanics. They can instead focus on the drama and character development. 

Druckmann had also said that fans will recognize some of the dialogue from the game but that his favorite episode in fact deviated from the game.  Druckmann will be teaming with Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin and Carolyn Strauss. They have not yet announced a release date for the show, or the episode count for the first season. Pedro Pascal has been cast to play as Joel and Bella Ramsey will play Ellie.  

The Last of Us is Part of a Larger Initiative

The Last of Us adaption is the start of a larger initiative for more video game adaptations in the future.  Sony recently created  Playstation Productions  which will focus on adapting more games to films, and TV shows. Sony is currently developing seven TV shows and three movies.  The Uncharted movie was recently delayed again to 2022 and will be starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan.  

The show will expose new fans to the franchise, just like The Witcher show on Netflix. The show’s success renewed interest in the game and Witcher 3 sales were 554% up compared to the year prior. The same will be true with The Last of Us HBO series. Plus, if the show is successful, we could see more games like Horizon Zero Dawn or Ghost of Tsushima get their own TV or film adaption.    

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