The adaptation of popular video games into movies or TV series has always brought great expectations and impatience among fans of the respective game, but also a dose of tension among hardcore players in anticipation of whether the game will be authentically implemented in the final product. The new series, which is based on well-known video games, aims to give post-apocalyptic action a new perspective. The Last of Us TV series has now wrapped up production, bringing its premiere to our screens that much closer.
Sony Pictures Television is now bringing the furtive and terrifying survival horror game to HBO in 2023, with some well-known names assisting. This comes nine years after they first announced they’d be developing a movie based on the video game The Last of Us and seven years after those plans collapsed. This TV show was shot in Calgary, Alberta, from July 2021 to June 2022, and is considered to be the largest TV production in Canadian history.
Therefore, it won’t be long before Joel and Ellie appear in a live-action movie for the first time. In the series, the famous couple is portrayed by Game of Thrones actors Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, along with Anna Torv (as Tess), Gabriel Luna (as Tommy), Nick Offerman (as Bill), and Merle Dandridge (as Marlene).
What is the story in The Last Of Us?
A zombie pandemic on Earth has been going on for 20 years when the series takes place.
The cordyceps fungus, which causes the undead known as the “Infected,” has changed to infect, kill, and now grow over people in addition to animals.
The video game depicts the tale of Joel and Ellie, two strangers who become close friends while traveling across America.
The duty of escorting Ellie, a 14-year-old girl who was born into the epidemic, across the nation falls to Joel, a seasoned smuggler who has lived through the apocalypse since its start.
They encounter the typical post-apocalyptic clichés as they travel from what used to be Boston to what’s left of Salt Lake City, including roving bands of infected, a few cannibals, some enormous jerks, and various animals that escape from zoos.
Joel is unaware that Ellie, despite being bitten by an infected but not developing into one, is immune to the epidemic.
Joel and Ellie grow closer on their turbulent trip, becoming almost like father and daughter, and he eventually learns the real purpose of his search.
Furthermore, in the source material, Joel and Ellie join forces with Sam and Henry to flee a rabble group of cannibalistic hunters, not an organized militia group, as implied by the new bulletin. We’re not sure how else the series will set itself apart from the game, but any adjustment that keeps us nerdy-ass fans on our toes will be appreciated.
While it’s anticipated that the show will largely adhere to the first game’s plot, it may also borrow certain ideas from Part II, which takes place five years after the first game.
However, it appears more likely that they’ll borrow ideas from The Last of Us: Left Behind, an Ellie-centric prequel that takes place before the events of the first game.
However, the series is anticipated to build upon the game’s plot as well, reportedly incorporating several ideas that were previously dropped from the game.
Some photos from the filming of the series have leaked
Bella Ramsey (Ellie’s character) also hinted that the series’ storyline will differ from the one we know in the games.
Thanks to Tommy (actor Gabriel Luna), the first set photo for the upcoming series has leaked.
It may be implied that Luna and Nico Parker, who play Sarah and Pedro Pascal, are filming a sad or rather tragic opening scene. You are aware if you know.
Another image depicts Pedro Pascal dressed very much like Joel did in the first game, while other images display the transformation of Canmore, Alberta, into Jackson, Wyoming.
Did a teaser come out?
HBO unveiled a teaser for this upcoming horror sci-fi TV show on August 22, 2022, indicating that the eagerly awaited series will premiere in 2023.
The teaser is barely twenty seconds long, yet it contains a lot of information.
Along with our first looks at Pedro Pascal’s Joel, Bella Ramsey’s Ellie, and Nick Offerman’s Bill, we also get a sneak peek at some of the key scenes from the original work, such as that terrible and tragic prologue.
In the teaser’s opening line, Ellie says, “Everybody I have cared for has either died or left me.”
In a scene straight out of a video game, Joel curtly says, “You have no idea what loss is.”
Pascal has admitted that he hasn’t played the video games—but don’t worry, it’s for a good cause. We will paraphrase the actor’s words:
I can see that Joel is very impressive. And I found that the entire of it is such a visually impressive experience.
And then I became concerned that I might want to imitate too much, which I believe could be correct in some circumstances but incorrect in others.
So I simply wanted to maintain a healthy distance and leave that to Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.
Mazin, who created Chernobyl, is the show’s writer, and other filmmakers are on board to handle the episodes. Kantemir Balagov (Beanpole, Closeness) directed the pilot, while Neil Druckmann, who directed the video game, has agreed to helm at least one episode of the TV show.
Where to watch?
In the United States, the series will be shown exclusively on HBO and HBO Max. Due to an agreement between HBO and Sky, it will very probably be broadcast on Sky Q, Sky Atlantic, Sky Glass, and the Now streaming service in the UK. Additionally, it will be accessible through Sky Atlantic on third-party platforms like Virgin Media and BT TV.
It is known that the first season will have 10 episodes, but it is not known if it will cover all the events from the first game.