The Last Of Us: Craig Mazin On Adapting ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told In Video Games’ – Exclusive Image | TV Series

For decades now, it has been clear that translating video games into movies and series is not an easy task. While there have been a few success stories (notably the animated series Arkinand breaking the box office Sonic movies), there are countless clunkers that have struggled to make much of the source material. If there isn’t a single reason why this proves so difficult, there is one prevailing theory: while games are designed to be fun to play, they always require the same narrative nuance as a movie or a hit TV series. does not have

until now If anything seems set to break the curse and deliver an on-screen adaptation that’s as impressive to watch as it is to play, it’s this. the last of us – HBO’s Naughty Dog takes on the highly acclaimed apocalyptical survival drama. Not only bringing in the game’s writer/director Neil Druckman, but teaming up with him Chernobyl Showrunner Craig Mazen, the stage is set for something special. “It’s an open-and-shut case: it’s the greatest story ever told in video games,” says Mazin. Empire In the issue of new great actors.

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The story is one of coral zombies, an America that has been destroyed, and the story of surrogate fathers and daughters – as smuggler Joel (played here by The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal) and mouthy teenager Ellie (.game of thronesBella Ramsay) goes from being a traitor to the United States. These characters should be the key to the success of the series. “They didn’t shoot anything out of their eyes,” Mazin says of the game’s workings. “They were just people. And that’s remarkably rare in the game itself. The fact that they kept it so clean and really made you feeling – I’ve never experienced anything like this, and I’ve been playing video games since 1977.

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With the right shows in place, stellar casting, and the power of HBO behind it all, the result looks to be a series that stays true to the games, but with some wiggle room for exploration and evolution. “The games themselves are often great to play, and not so great to watch when they’re dramatized,” Mazen argues. “Neil and I have always known to ask, ‘Why are we here?’ only What does the game do? What can we do to expand?”” The greatest story ever told in video games may just become one of the greatest stories ever told on television.

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Empire - February 2023

to read Empireis full the last of us The story in the February 2023 issue – on sale Thursday, December 22, and is available to pre-order online here. the last of us From January 16 Sky comes to Atlantic and NOW.


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