The Last of us HBO series being brought up throughout social media is for real and people are all getting excited about the prospect of their being a series being made about one of the most popular video games ever made! For those of you GRUPs (Grown Ups) who don’t know, The Last of Us is a post apocalyptic video game about the remaining humans after a zombie-like outbreak, but that wasn’t the result of why this game created by the game developer “Naughty Dog” sold well over 1 million units to become one of the top selling video games of all time… It was the story line!
Twenty years after the outbreak decimated the United States and took away his (the game’s protagonist) daughter and brother, Joel goes from being a father and working class man to a first class smuggler who comes across a group (The Fireflies) by way of hunting down a thief who stole and sold an arms cache. Upon finding out who he sold the weapons to is how Joel came across the group, who btw were willing to double-down in order for Joel to find and bring a young girl named Ellie back to them. The reason why was not disclosed, but Joel soon figured out why Ellie was worth so much to this group… It turns out Ellie is infected with the virus that has turned the whole world upside down; however, she’s immune and their lies the rub. Eliie is a goldmine for anyone who possesses the cure to a pandemic and with no parents to care for her, Joel who lost his daughter decides to take matters into his own hands by taking on the responsibility of caretaker.
You can imagine all the shit these two go through to not only survive the chaos of the pandemic lurking the woods and streets, but also the humans who have lost the one thing that separates them from savages – their humanity. You may be thinking, “Oh… It’s another Walking Dead show”. No, it’s not because The Walking Dead (which for me ended back at the end of season four) is about survival and starting over. The Last of Us HBO series, as the video game will be about a cure for The Walking Dead rather than just surviving it.
The news of HBO taking on the critically-acclaimed story Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog VP & The Last of Us Creative Director) created for the video game’s 2013 release will be executive-producing and writing the series’ story line alongside Craig Mazin, creator of HBO’s Chernobyl. All this is happening just months before the release of the forthcoming release of The Last of Us Part 2, which is set to be on shelves May 29th.
The challenge of transferring a video game script to the screen
As a die hard gamer and movie buff, I can see how most would be a bit skeptical on how the challenge of transferring a video game script to the screen will end up… Case & Point: Max Payne, Prince of Persia, Need for Speed, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, Hitman, Hitman Agent 47, DOA (Dead or Alive), BloodRayne, shall I go on??? However, there’s also The Walking Dead, which was a total success due mostly in part by Robert Kirkman who took the reigns to make sure no one in the TV Biz screwed up his life’s work. I personally stopped watching the show after season 4 as it just got too human for me, but overall The Walking Dead is by far the exception to the rule, especially when compared to all the garbage listed above. And I believe with the presence of Neil Druckmann being a part of the writing, The Last of Us can be another great exception as well.
Who will act as Joel and Ellie
The one question we have at this moment is, “Who will act as Joel and Ellie”? Although, both Ashley Johnson (What Women Want & Blindspot) and Troy Baker (Baki & Young Justice: Outsiders) were awesome in The Last of Us (2013), he looks too young to play a 40 something Joel and she looks too old to play a 14 year old Ellie on the series. So who do you think should play them on The Last of Us HBO series? Definitely, leave your comments below so we could feel we can play a part in choosing the actors on the show, lol!!