Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions’ The Last of Us TV show will expand the story of Naughty Dog’s action-adventure game.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, American screenwriter and film director Craig Mazin talks about the HBO live-action series adaptation of The Last of Us, revealing the methodical process of developing a TV show based on a popular video game franchise.
“I think fans of something worry that, when the property gets licensed to someone else, those people don’t really understand it, or are going to change it.
In this case, I’m doing it with the guy who did it [Druckmann], and so the changes that we’re making are designed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance.”
He adds, “We’re creating a new and we’re also reimagining what is already there to present a different format.
It’s kind of a dream come true for me. I’m a little bit scared because a lot of emotions connected to this game are rather intense.
I think I’m probably going to go hide in a bunker for a while because you can’t make everyone happy!”
Marzin goes on to reveal that The Last of Us TV show adaption could include the storylines that was previously considered for the game.
“Neil, at one point, he’s like, ‘You know, there was one thing we were talking about for a while,’ and then he told me what it was.
I was like, ‘Well, that’s going in. You couldn’t stop me from doing that.’ So we’re doing that.
And there’s quite a few things like that where it’s not like, ‘Oh, we just decided, oh, wouldn’t it be cool if there was one episode where Joel and Ellie get on motorcycles and confront a motorcycle gang?’ That’s not what we do.
There’s no episodic nonsense here. This is all pretty much curated. The things that are new and enhancing of the storyline we’re doing are connected in organic, serious ways that fans and newcomers alike will appreciate.”
Craig Mazin serves as the writer and executive producer of the series along with Israeli-American writer, creative director, and programmer, and Vice President of Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann.
American television executive and producer Carolyn Strauss, American video game designer, programmer, and the President of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells will serve as executive producers.
Swedish director of music videos, TV and film Johan Renck will direct the pilot episode and as always Argentine musician, film composer and producer, Gustavo Santaolalla will compose the score.
The Last of Us TV show will tackle the events of the first game with an expansive story, possibility of additional content from The Last of Us II and multiple season arc.
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