The Last of Us Is “Greatest Story” In Gaming, Says Series Showrunner
Sony and Naughty Dog’s The Last of us is the “greatest story” in video game history, claims the TV series showrunner.
Speaking during an interview, The Last of Us TV series showrunner Craig Mazin claimed that the video game of the same name features the greatest story that has ever been told in all of gaming. He termed it as an “open-and-shut case”.
Mazin justified his statement by saying that the characters of The Last of Us were simply regular people. As per him, that, in and of itself, is remarkably rare in video games. He said that because the characters and story were both kept so grounded, it really made one “feel”. He added that he had never experienced anything like it before, and he’s been playing video games since 1977.
According to Mazin, games themselves are often brilliant to play, and not at all brilliant to watch when dramatized. He hinted at changes from the source material, saying that game director Neil Druckmann and and him always knew to ask why they’re only doing what’s in the show or what can be done to expand upon it.
Meanwhile, previously, the names of the second episode of The Last of Us TV series was falsely claimed to have been revealed. Mazin took to Reddit to clarify that the title was an early idea that the creative team had, but ended up discarding it and going with something else, as it doesn’t really make much sense.
The Last of Us is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic drama television series set to air on HBO. The series will follow Joel (Pedro Pascal), a smuggler tasked with escorting the adolescent Ellie (Bella Ramsey) across a post-apocalyptic United States, and is based on the 2013 video game of the same name created by Naughty Dog. It will star Merle Dandridge as the resistance’s leader Marlene, Gabriel Luna as Joel’s younger brother Tommy, and Anna Torv as Joel’s smuggler partner Tess.
Alberta served as the location for the series’ July 2021–June 2022 filming, which is thought to be the biggest television production in Canadian history. Produced jointly by Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games, it is the first HBO show to be based on a video game. Neil Druckmann, who also wrote and directed the game, will pen ten of the episodes for the first season. The score will be written by the game’s original composer, Gustavo Santaolalla. The series will premiere on January 15, 2023.