After Insanely Successful HBO Max Series, Sony Boss Wishes for a ‘The Last of Us’ Movie: “I’m jealous”

After Insanely Successful HBO Max Series, Sony Boss Wishes for a 'The Last of Us' Movie: "I'm jealous"
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HBO Max’s The Last of Us has become one of the best game adaptations so far and has been compared to some of the best post-apocalyptic dramas. While the creators made several changes to the series, it did not really affect the story as a whole. And the fans of the games have appreciated the makers for being faithful to the source material and not changing the plot of the game entirely.

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The Last of Us

And it looks like Sony Entertainment is jealous of the success the HBO Max series has been seeing since its release. As the TV series becomes one of the biggest shows of 2023, Tom Rothman has shared his desire to develop the game into a film.

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Tom Rothman Wishes The Last of Us to be a Sony Film

Following the huge success of The Last of Us game series, news broke out about the game being developed into a film in 2014. The co-president of Naughty Dog was approached to work on a film adaptation of the game. However, the plan did not move ahead after Craig Mazin was approached by PlayStation Productions.

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The Last of Us game

Being a big fan of the game, Mazin was not in support of developing it into a film. After discussing the issue with Druckmann, the duo pitched the idea to develop The Last of Us into a TV series to HBO. They went ahead with their plans and the Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey feature premiered on HBO Max on 15 January 2023. And now that the series has turned out to be one of the biggest shows of 2023 and one of the best game adaptations ever, Sony seems to regret its decision.

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Tom Rothman

The Chairperson of Sony Entertainment, Tom Rothman, talked about the series during his interview with Business Insider. He said that he wishes the studio has gone ahead with its plan to develop a film based on the game.

When he was asked if he wishes The Last of Us should have been a film, instead of an HBO Max series, Rothman simply said, “Yes.” However, he did admit that the adaptation is best “suited episodically” while stating that he is jealous of the show “in the best way.”

The HBO Max series garnered 4.7 million views on its premiere, making it the second biggest doubt on HBO Max following House of the Dragon. The show continued to score growth in its viewership and recorded a 60% increase in its viewers from its first episode.

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What Happened to The Last of Us Movie?

During an interview with The New Yorker, Neil Druckmann opened up about what went wrong with The Last of Us movie. He shared that Sam Raimi, who was approached to work on the movie, wanted the story to be bigger and “sexier” than required.

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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part I

The Last of Us co-creator shared that he wanted to introduce the story to a group of people who do not realize the “amazing storytelling happening in games.” However, followed by several delays, Screen Gems abandoned the project. And Druckmann believes whatever happened, it happened for the best.

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Later he approached the Chernobyl creator, Craig Mazin, who was also interested in the project. And the co-creator seemed confident about the series as he claimed that The Last of Us would be “the best, most authentic game adaptation.”

The Last of Us is available to stream on HBO Max.

Source: Business Insider

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.