Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann has revealed a little of what we can expect from the upcoming TV series based on smash PlayStation property The Last of Us.
Short answer? Some familiar stuff, some not familiar stuff.
The first season is set to be based heavily on the original game and, speaking with IGN, Druckmann claimed that he and showrunner Craig Mazin believe that “the philosophical underpinnings of the story” are the important thing to nail. “As far as the superficial things, like should a character wear the same plaid shirt or the same red shirt? They might or might not appear in it, that’s way less important to us than getting the core of who these people are and the core of their journey.”
Not surprisingly, some of the dialogue is set to be plucked directly from the game.
“Things sometimes stay pretty close,” Druckmann told IGN. “It’s funny to see my dialogue there from the games in HBO scripts. And sometimes they deviate greatly to much better effect because we are dealing with a different medium. For example, in the game, there’s so much action you have to have to train the player about mechanics. You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don’t need to train people on how to use a gun. So that’s something that’s been really different, and HBO’s been great in pushing us to move away from hardcore action and focus more on the drama of the character. Some of my favorite episodes so far have deviated greatly from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them.”
The Last of Us, starring Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, doesn’t have an announced initial air date as yet.