The Last of Us is known as one of the best gaming stories ever told. Though on the surface it's a zombie apocalypse game where a man and a teenager are trying to survive, there is so much more to the identities and stories of Ellie and Joel. Their bond is one of the most famous in games, so it's no surprise that TV company HBO wanted to pick it up for a series.
We've known about The Last of Us show for a while now, and we've even had confirmation of the major roles in the series. HBO picked Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Ellie and then Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) as Joel - so far so good, eh? Well HBO isn't taking any chances it seems and wants to make the series as authentic as possible, so it's bringing in the original game director and co-lead of Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann.
We consider the opening of The Last of Us to be one of the best ever seen in games...
As spotted by GamesRadar+, Druckmann has been listed as one of the series' directors on the Directors Guild of Canada's paperwork. The Last of Us seems to have five individuals working as directors on the series - Craig Mazin, Jasmila Zbanic, Kantemir Balagov, Neil Druckmann, and Pete Hoar. We're not sure how the work is divided between them, and whether or not Neil is just doing a one-off or perhaps assisting with direction, but it's cool to see that HBO is tying in the original mastermind into making this series a success.
Naughty Dog senior QA employee Gabby Llanillo seemingly confirmed this paperwork to be correct as she retweeted the information and said: "We're in good hands. Let's go Neil Druckmann!!!!" Nice to see he also has the support of his team from the studio.
We're still waiting on a lot of information about HBO's series. We don't know how much it will deviate from the game (we were told plenty, but surely it can't be wildly different?), if we'll get new characters and plot twists, or even if the series will end where the game did. Oh, and I can't wait to see the first trailer, so hurry up will you HBO?
Featured Image Credit: Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment
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