The Last of Us Live-Action TV Show in the Works

By | 06/03/2020

 

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Hot on the heels of Netflix’s The Witcher, HBO has confirmed that they are developing The Last of Us live-action TV show alongside Sony Entertainment.


Reportedly, Sony Pictures Television and the newly formed PlayStation Productions are working with Warner Media to develop the show for HBO.

As of yet, there are no specific details about the plot or whether it will be based directly on the game.

However, it has been confirmed that the game’s writer, Neil Druckman and the executive producer of last year’s hit drama Chernobyl, Craig Mazin are working together on the production.

The Last of Us Official Trailer

Video game shows could be the next big thing in entertainment following last year’s surprisingly good The Witcher from Netflix and the upcoming Twisted Metal from Sony Productions.

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This looks like it could work since we all know that movies based on video games are not usually good.

That being said, the recently released Sonic the Hedgehog game is racing through the box office.

However, historically, video game adaptations have been quite poor, most notably uber-90’s-Esque Super Mario Bros., Prince of Persia and the awful Blood Rayne.

There have been some exceptions that just about cut it, such as Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movies and Warcraft, however, these did not do the games they were based on any justice.

The Last of Us Live Action TV Show in the Works
The Last of Us – Joel and Ellie

Also, while the Resident Evil series of movies are hard-core action, they are very different than the games, as are Hitman and Max Payne.

I do hold out some hope though for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie, however, I think that this may fare better as a serial show production taking inspiration from Warner Brothers’ excellent Mortal Kombat Legacy.

It would be a sad and dangerous departure to not base The Last of Us TV show on the game’s story since it is excellent and considered one of the best ever stories in a game format.

The Last of Us was released in 2013 and follows the tale of Joel and Ellie as they cross the peril-infested United States.

Set in the near future, the story of the game is a clever take on the zombie genre with hints of The Walking Dead’s drama.

The Last of Us Screenshot
The Last of Us – Hidden Pines Corral

Joel must escort Ellie to a safe haven while traversing the dangers of a collapsed world.

Thanks to a disease, Humans have been transformed into terrifying creatures called Clickers, due to their ominous sounds.

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On top of that, there are many surviving Humans that just want to kill anyone on sight in order to take what they have.

The game relies heavily on stealth but combat is always an option.

However, fighting is very realistic and Joel can be killed after a couple of bullets or a few connecting punches.

The Last of Us Screenshot
The Last of Us – Brutal Combat

As the game progresses, the relationship between Ellie and Joel grows into a father-daughter bond with some touching moments.

The game received 10 out of 10 across many gaming sites including Gamespot, IGN and Edge.

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It was also the recipient of many awards including “Best Newcomer”, “Best Storytelling” and “Studio of the Year” from Golden Joystick.

Other accolades include a BAFTA for “Action and Adventure” and “Game of the Year” from DICE.

While the original has gone down in history as one of the greatest games ever, the gaming world is now eagerly awaiting the sequel which is set to arrive at the end of May.


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2 thoughts on “The Last of Us Live-Action TV Show in the Works

  1. Damon Claxton

    Last of us in one of my favourite games at the moment, spending way too much time on it!
    Great to see they are turning it into a TV show, could of totally over looked it if it wasn’t for your page.
    Thank you for the heads up and great page!

    Reply
    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hey Damon, thanks for commenting.

      This is exciting news and if done properly will be a great show.

      Glad you like the article.

      Thanks,
      Michael.

      Reply

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