The series will not change the story but will expand upon it.
Craig Mazin, co-creator of the Chernobyl miniseries and HBO’s upcoming adaption of The Last of Us has stated that the upcoming series will expand upon the video game’s story.
The Last of Us was one of the final exclusives for the PlayStation 3. Released in 2013, the game was a big hit among fans and critics and is by in large considered to be one of the best games to be released in that console generation. A controversial but critically acclaimed sequel was released earlier this year and managed to become the PlayStation 4’s fastest-selling exclusive game.
Earlier this year it was revealed that HBO would be developing a television series based on The Last of Us franchise with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin alongside franchise creative director Neil Druckmann. While speaking to BBC Radio, Mazin spoke about the upcoming series and his desire to expand upon the story of the game as opposed to changing it:
“I think fans of something worry that, when the property gets licenced to someone else, those people don’t really understand it, or are going to change it. 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.”
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The Last of Us centers on the relationship between a smuggler named Joel and 14-year-old Ellie, the latter of whom may be the key to curing the deadly pandemic that resulted in the post-apocalypse world of the game. Hired to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine zone, Joel finds himself relying on the teenage girl just as much as she relies on him as they fight to survive on their journey across the United States. The HBO adaptation will cover the events of the first game, with the second game potentially surviving as the basis for additional content.
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Source: BBC Radio