One of my all-time favorite games, The Last of Us, is becoming a TV series on HBO, with the game’s writer/director Neil Druckmann also involved in writing the series. It is unheard of and incredibly exciting to have the game’s original creative visionary be deeply involved with a TV series/film, and having Druckmann involved in the writing makes me incredibly optimistic for its success. From The Hollywood Reporter:
Sony and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, which bowed in 2013, garnered critical praise for its engrossing tale of the post-apocalypse, centering on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be key to a cure for a deadly pandemic. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
The HBO series will cover the events of the original game, which was written by Druckmann, with the possibility of additional content based on the forthcoming game sequel, The Last of Us Part II, which is set to released May 29.
The Last of Us is such an incredibly powerful and moving story, and now (soon) I’ll get to show it to my friends and family who don’t or can’t play a difficult third person shooter on the PlayStation. Lessons from the Screenplay made a video on The Last of Us and it’s a great primer for why this game is both a great story and a great video game.