Chernobyl's Director Is Set To Helm The TV Adaptation Of The Last Of Us
Gaming, as a storytelling device, has developed more than perhaps any other form of media in the last decade or so. As the capabilities of consoles and developers have come along over that time, so too has their ability to tell entrancing, emotionally resonant narratives. And there are few better games that demonstrate this better than The Last of Us.
The survival-action game, which first released for PS3 back in 2013, has rightly gone down as one of the greatest video games of all time, and one of the finest stories in any medium to dissect the zombie horror genre, telling a powerful story of a man and teenage girl bonded by loss and the need to survive in a cross-country trip across a plague-infested America. The game's use of imagery and narrative combined was, for its time, unprecedented, and naturally, the game's upcoming sequel is one of the most hotly-anticipated titles of 2020.
As such, news of a TV adaptation of the show has long been talked about among Hollywood circles. And it now looks set in stone that the show will eventually become a reality, with some serious talent enlisted to bring it to life.
Per an interview with Discussing Film, Chernobyl director Johan Renck, who directed five episodes of what has gone down as one the all-time greatest (and bleakest) shows, has confirmed that he's attached to a planned TV adaptation set to be made by HBO.
"I’m an executive producer on it and attached to it," Renck said "I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot. Then we’ll see how it goes on further."
Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is also on the project as both a co-writer and an executive producer.
"Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus," Mazin said Thursday in a statement back in March, referring to the game's original creator. "Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I'm so honoured to do it in partnership with Neil."
Details about the show aside from this are still pretty scant, with acting talent and writers still yet to be attached to the project. But given Renck's involvement as both an EP and a director, it's unlikely that it'll pull any more emotional punches than the historically brutal game did.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the TV show will likely tread the same narrative ground first laid down by the game, however there also remains a possibility for the story to expand into what's covered in the game's upcoming sequel.