The Last of Us TV Producer Says HBO Series Will 'Enhance' the Original Game
The Last of Us HBO series producer Craig Mazin has promised that the TV show adaptation will not “undo” the popular Naughty Dog PlayStation game. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Chernobyl Special, Mazin, the creator of the remarkable miniseries about the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster, opened up about the current project that he is working on with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, as he explained the careful process behind adapting The Last of Us for television, assuring fans that they plan to “expand” the source material rather than “undo” it. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/12/07/the-last-of-us-2-ellie-and-joels-journey”] “I think fans of something worry that, when the property gets licenced to someone else, those people don’t really understand it, or are going to change it,” Mazin explained. “In this case, I’m doing it with the guy who did it, and so the changes that we’re making are designed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance.” As a self-proclaimed fan of The Last of Us franchise, Mazin described the project as a “dream come true,” though he also acknowledged the strong emotions that are attached to the iconic game and the challenges that can create for a small-screen adaptation. “We’re creating anew and we’re also reimagining what is already there to present a different format,” he added. “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!” [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-last-of-us-hbo-series-8-actors-who-could-play-joel-and-ellie&captions=true”] Shortly after The Last of Us HBO series was announced, Mazin promised that the character of Ellie would still be gay on the TV show and explained why the story, overall, worked better as an ongoing series rather than a standalone movie, as this project is replacing the film adaptation that Sony previously announced back in 2014. Instead, Sony Pictures Television has now teamed with PlayStation Productions to co-produce the upcoming series. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.
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