The Last of Us on HBO is one of the most authentic adaptations of a video game to date. However, this does not mean that it will be faithful to its source material. Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann disclosed to Decider that the HBO adaptation will include many sequences with Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) that were absent from the original game.
As with all we do, they will experience a sense of belonging… They appear to be natural extensions of what we know about Joel and Ellie,” explained Mazin. “It is essential that we carve out silence and give ourselves moments of calm and seclusion. If you were to chart the number of words spoken by Joel from episode to episode, it would continue to rise. It begins extremely ‘No’ and ‘Yes’ And by the time you reach the conclusion, the conversations are in full swing. For me, as a fan, it’s a pleasure to witness such a development.
The 2013 PlayStation 3 video game The Last of Us is set in a dystopian future ravaged by the Cordyceps infection, a fungal sickness that leaves behind zombie-like victims. The series and game both feature Joel, a survivor whose history haunts him. He reluctantly becomes Ellie’s guardian when she is 14 years old. He soon understands that this outspoken adolescent may very well be humanity’s last hope.
According to Neil Druckmann, some of the new sequences between Joel and Ellie were created specifically for television, while others would be recognizable to devoted fans of the video game franchise.
“There is concept art of Joel and Ellie conversing and laughing over a campfire. “We were unable to contribute anything to the game,” Druckmann stated. “Another highly popular concept art depicts Joel instructing Ellie on how to shoot a firearm. The question then arose, “How can we dramatize these moments?” Now that we’re retelling this story, we’re able to recognize them.”
The premiere of the first episode of The Last of Us airs on HBO on January 15 at 9/8c.
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