Earlier this year it was revealed that an HBO series based on Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is happening, and it’s quite possibly the best news we’ve heard in 2020. Although not too much is known about the project as of yet, show producer Craig Mazin has teased that we’ll be seeing more than we got to see in the 2013 game.
Speaking with BBC Radio 5 Live [via ComicBook], Mazin confirmed the inclusion of content that was cut from the game, though promised it’s all going to be handled in the correct way.
“Neil [Druckmann], at one point, he’s like, ‘You know, there was one thing we were talking about for a while,’ and then he told me what it was. I was like, ‘Well, that’s going in. You couldn’t stop me from doing that.’ So we’re doing that,” said Mazin.
“And there’s quite a few things like that where it’s not like, ‘Oh, we just decided, oh, wouldn’t it be cool if there was one episode where Joel and Ellie get on motorcycles and confront a motorcycle gang?’ That’s not what we do. There’s no episodic nonsense here. This is all pretty much curated. The things that are new and enhancing of the storyline we’re doing are connected in organic, serious ways that fans and newcomers alike will appreciate.”
It definitely sounds exciting, and I’m more than ready to hear more!
Although we don’t know anything about casting or details on the story, the show already has some star-studded names on board. The game’s director and writer, Neil Druckmann, joins Craig Mazin, who spearheaded HBO’s mega-successful mini-series, Chernobyl. Druckmann will be co-writing and producing the show, while Mazin will also be writing and serving as executive producer.
There’s no release date for HBO’s The Last Of Us series.
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