Craig Mazin, the showrunner of HBO’s forthcoming TV adaptation of The Last of Us has confirmed that there will be “modest news” coming “soon enough”. In a Twitter post, Mazin went on to say that they were “hard at work writing and… you know… other stuff.”
Responding to the post, Neil Druckmann inputted something a little briefer, tweeting one word: “Soon”. Mazin, best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Chernobyl, is currently writing an untitled Pirates of the Caribbean project and has a hand in the development of Eli Roth’s Borderlands movie, hence “other stuff”.
The question lingering on our minds has to be what this “modest” news might be. It could be anything from cast confirmations, episode structure, or a release date.
What do we know so far is that HBO recently ordered a full series for the TV adaptation, which will be made for both “die-hard fans and newcomers”. Johan Renck, best known for his directorial work on The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Chernobyl will direct at least the pilot.
Plus, the series will cover the events of the first game and will be a co-production between Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog.
In August, Mazin discussed the challenges of adapting a critically acclaimed and highly beloved video game for TV. Mazin understands how skeptical the fanbase will be and stated that, “when the property gets licensed to someone else, those people don’t really understand it, or are going to change it,” According to Mazin, the ultimate goal is to “make you fall in love again with The Last of Us in a different way”, as well as “experiencing more with more characters in more ways.”
The Last of Us is based on the events from the first game, charting a treacherous journey across the USA as Joel smuggles an immune 14-year old Ellie to a military group, The Fireflies, in a bid to create a vaccine for the Cordyceps virus.