Though some Naughty Dog fans are still waiting for the announcement of The Last of Us Part III, HBO is collaborating with director Neill Druckmann for an adaptation of the game as a series. We don’t know when the show is set to come out, but we do get our first look at the show with Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie.
This was shared by Druckmann on Twitter:
When I first saw them on set in full costume, I was like: "Hooooooly shit! It's Joel & Ellie! 😭!"
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) September 27, 2021
While we don’t really get to see their faces, just the composition of the shot alone looks a lot like a screenshot from the game. We don’t really have a moment in The Last of Us where Ellie and Joel encounter a fallen plane, but it should be an interesting expansion to the story.
Though video game adaptations have failed in the past, HBO may be on to something when it comes to turning The Last of Us into a series. The original story does have a lot of very interesting chapters, and it’s potential for some compelling television. If anything, the first game kind of set a new bar when it came to video game narration, and the sequel pretty much pushed the boundaries when it comes to player immersion and empathy. Fingers crossed that showrunner Craig Mazin will be able to tap into that when it comes to this more traditional form of entertainment.
No release date has been set for The Last of Us, but fans are hoping to catch it on HBO sometime soon.