The video game The Last Of Us received critical acclaim. It was praised for its narrative, gameplay, visuals, sound design, score, characterization, and depiction of female characters. The Last of Us became one of the best-selling video games, selling over 1.3 million units in its first week and 17 million by April 2018. The game won multiple awards including Game of the Year. It is considered one of the greatest video games ever made. Then the sequel happened…

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We can hopefully put that behind us though, as HBO have handed Chernobyl showrunner Craig Mazin the chance to make a live action adaption. After the very brief tease last month, HBO have released the first official teaser trailer.

The Last Of Us is set twenty years after the destruction of modern civilization in a biological apocalypse involving fungal spores. The action centres on Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor who is hired to smuggle a girl named Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. The seemingly small job becomes a brutal journey as they come to depend on each other for survival.

Mazin had previously said that the original game will serve as the basis but indicated that changes are being made to expand some elements from the game’s story.

This is not the first attempt to bring this to the screen. In 2014, Sony announced that Screen Gems would distribute a film adaptation of The Last of Us, written by the games creative director Neil Druckmann and produced by Sam Raimi.

By January 2015 Druckmann had written the script’s second draft, and performed a read-through with some actors. In April 2016 the adaption entered “development hell” until coming to a standstill in November 2016 after Sony had a disagreement with Druckmann.

According to Druckmann the film fell apart as there was too much studio focus on making big action set-pieces, a concept that he felt did not work well for the nature of The Last of Us which he felt was better approached as a smaller indie film.

The Last of Us series will debut in 2023 on HBO.

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