Movies based on video games don’t have the best track record, but TV shows based on video games still have a clean slate.
There are endless video game adaptations coming up, including big-name projects like Amazon’s. Fall series and netflix bioshock movie. Though none can be more anticipated than HBO’s adaptation of The last of us.
HBO announced its The last of us project a long time ago, and filming took place in Canada for a full year. While details are still slim, here’s everything we know about the series so far.
Who is involved?
the The last of us Y the last of us 2 they’re beloved games, so meddling with them in any way would be a huge risk for HBO. However, there are some positive signs that this adaptation will be a good one.
For starters, The last of us Game director and Naughty Dog co-chairman Neil Druckmann is on board as executive producer. There is practically no one else in the world who knows The last of us games like Druckmann, so you’re in good hands there.
He’s also working with a long-time gaming fanatic and an award-winning Chernobyl writer, Craig Mazin, who we know can write a very good TV show.
The series has hired relatively unknown directors thus far. Kantemir Balagov (Tutor) directs the pilot episode and Jasmila Zbanic (Quo Vadis, Aida) and Ali Abbassi (Edge) also taking episodes in the series. Lisa Johnson (What we do in the shadows)Peter Hoard (Reckless) and Jeremy Webb (the umbrella academy) will also direct episodes as will Druckmann.
Gustavo Santaolalla, who gave us The last of us’ excellent soundtrack, he will also compose music for the show again.
HBO has a strong history of producing high-quality genre shows, including game of thrones, westworld Y Watchers. Here’s hoping that the studio’s extensive experience carries over here.
Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are also on board behind the scenes.
Will the TV show be different than the games?
Many fans can attest to the fact that The last of us The games are already very cinematic, in terms of acting, narrative and visuals. So translating this into a TV show shouldn’t be that hard, right?
This is the synopsis of the plot according to the HBO announcement:
The story takes place twenty years after the destruction of modern civilization. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts out as a small job soon turns into a brutal and harrowing journey as the two must traverse the US and depend on each other for survival.
It sure sounds like The last of us.
The announcement also notes that the series “cover the events of the original game” with the “possibility of additional content” based on the last of us 2.
Neil Druckmann revealed in an interview with IGN that the show’s first season will cover the events of the first game.
Druckmann said that things on the show will stick pretty closely to the game for the most part. However, some things will differ a lot due to the differences between the mediums.
“Some of my favorite episodes so far have strayed so far from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them,” he said. Whether the audience agrees will be a different question.
Should there be another season of The last of us we can assume that it will take us to the events of Part II. Since there’s a five-year gap between the games, it leaves plenty of room to expand on those missing years on the TV show.
The first official image of the program was released on The last of us day in 2021 and as you can see things are looking pretty accurate.
look for the light @HBO #TLOUDay pic.twitter.com/fl5ZCP7MG7
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 27, 2021
Is there a trailer for The Last of Us TV show?
We still don’t have a full trailer for the new series, but HBO released the first images of The last of us on a recent sizzling reel. Check it out below (it appears right at the end).
Look at my children.
We’ll keep you posted when a full trailer is released.
The Last of Us TV Show: Cast
Joel and Ellie are incredibly popular and well-written characters. They were portrayed by troy baker Y Ashley Johnson in both video games, but neither actor will carry on their character in the TV show (although both will appear in the series in different roles).
Instead we have game of Thrones stars Bella Ramsey like Ellie and Pedro Pascual like joel
Ramsay seems like a perfect fit given her breakout performance as Lyanna Mormont in game of Thrones he basically stole the show. She was able to bring both fire and vulnerability to her role and we’re sure we’ll see her bring more of that to the role of Ellie.
Pascal has also spent a lot of time guiding a young companion through the galaxy in the mandalorian so we know he can play the role of a reluctant parent.
We also know that Joel’s brother Tommy will be played by Terminator: Dark Fate star gabriel moon and Tess will be played by stripes anna torv. nicole parker plays Sarah, Joel’s daughter.
Nick Offerman is playing jaded survivor Bill while Murray Bartlett guest stars as his partner Frank, who we never met during the events of the game.
It was also recently announced that Storm Reid (Euphoria) will be playing Ellie’s best friend Riley, which means we should see the events of Left behind covered in the show as well.
Some game actors have also managed to make the leap to The last of us on HBO.
Jeffrey Pierce, who is known as Tommy in the games, will simply play a “rebel in a quarantine zone”. In the meantime, Merle dandruff is reprising her role as Marlene, also known as the leader of the fireflies.
You can see some of the first images of the cast on set thanks to @HBOsTheLastofUs.
Exclusive new photos of Bella Ramsey (Ellie), Pedro Pascal (Joel), and Anna Torv (Tess) on the set of The Last of Us in Calgary, AB. pic.twitter.com/Hzt5NTdVrc
— The Last of Us HBO – Status (@HBOsTheLastofUs) October 18, 2021
The Last of Us TV Show: Release Date
No release date has been announced for The last of us on HBO, but a teaser trailer revealed that we’ll see it next year, aka 2023.
The episode count is expected to be made up of 10 (very expensive) episodes in the first season.
The last of us will debut on HBO and HBO Max in the US, which means we’ll see it on Drunkenness here in Australia.
If you want to catch up before the release of the new series, you can play The last of us Y the last of us part 2 on PlayStation.
This article has been updated with additional information.