As the new year rolls in, along with all of the new entertainment of the year that had been planned. Among these new titles and sequels, the first ones among them happen to be HBO’s live-action adaptation of the very popular video game series The Last Of Us, featuring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in the lead roles. This show is being treated as the revival of the Zombie Apocalypse genre of the new age by most.
As this is HBO’s first video game adaptation, many were hopeful as well as skeptical about how this would play out for the company as this was uncharted waters for them. But with the creator Craig Mazin behind the project, it brings confidence into the minds of the fans who had played the video game before. And whatever skepticism the audiences possess, Mazin tries to clarify, saying that this won’t be another Games Of Thrones debacle.
The Last Of Us Creator Assures That The Show Will Be An Exceptional Adaptation
With the release of the long-awaited adaptation of PlayStation’s one of the most successful game franchises in its history, The Last Of Us carries a lot of expectations from the fans of the video game on its shoulders. Plunging the audiences back into the good old days of the undead, the show aims to stick true to the game’s narration as well as revive the long-forgotten Zombie genre that was prevalent at one point in time.
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But as is the case with any game/book adaptations, many fans are not too optimistic about its success. Luckily, the creator of the show Craig Mazin has assured the audiences that the show will stick true to the source material of the game, and won’t try to deviate away from the core of the story like HBO’s flagship series Game Of Thrones, which had started to do too many things too differently that leads to its eventual dislike by the audience. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said:
“We have no plans to tell any stories beyond adapting the games, We won’t run into the same issue as Game of Thrones since Part II doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. I don’t have any interest in a spinning-plates-go-on-forever show, When it becomes a perpetual motion machine, it just can’t help but get kind of … stupid. Endings mean everything to me.”
If what Mazin says is true, then fans can expect a near-perfect adaptation of Neil Druckman’s video game into the live-action screen with very little to worry about any significant changes to the source material.
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What To Expect From The Last Of Us?
Along with the aforementioned information, fans can also expect to see familiar characters being brought to life with the rest of the crew that is working on the project. Along with that, the revival of the Zombie-infested postapocalyptic world of the video game will be a tall order to fulfill as the original source brings them with a twist. Along with these concerns, fans can rest a little easy as the project is being overlooked by Druckman himself, which limits the deviation that might occur in the show.
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The Last Of Us, streaming on HBO Max from January 15th, 2023
Source: The Hollywood Reporter