In a matter of days, PlayStation fans are set to return to the world of one of the most beloved video games ever made. Reviews aren’t out just yet for The Last of Us Part II, but whispers in the Twittersphere suggest that another masterpiece will be loading up from those folks at Naughty Dog. Now while we anticipate another altercation with some angry Clickers, the word is also out that Johan Renck of Chernobyl fame is set to direct the pilot for the upcoming TV show after it was only recently announced HBO is set to be making it.
During a chat with Discussing Film, Renck let slip that he’s leading the charge in bringing the beloved game to life and that, by the sounds of things, he’s quite a hefty cog in the post-apocalyptic world-building machine.
“I’m an executive producer on it and attached to it. It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot. Then we’ll see how it goes on further. I mean, both Craig and I, we are working with each other again and we will work with each other on other things because we like each other.”Discussing Film
‘Craig’ happens to be the show’s creator, Craig Mazin, who also made HBO’s award guzzling drama, Chernobyl which feels a damn near perfect fit for adapting The Last of Us. For those that don’t know, the game was released in 2013 and dropped you into a world torn apart by a deadly virus that turned those contaminated into bloodthirsty monsters. You played Joel, a worn-down remnant of the human race who is paired up with Ellie, a young girl that could hold the key to humanity’s future.
Upon release, The Last of Us was praised for its incredible cinematic tone, scale and storytelling stitched in between nail-biting gameplay. Stands to reason that these key ingredients are what drew in Mazin and Renck given their experience of turning audiences blood to chill following their visit to Chernobyl. Renck went on to explain that he’s having plenty of chats with both Mazin and the game’s creator, Neil Druckmann.
“We’re having weekly calls, Craig and I and also Neil [Druckmann] who created the game, about various approaches and how to deal with that. How to deal with the fact that a video game character is way further than a character from a book. But also it’s more different to deal with than a real person.”Discussing Film
Given current circumstances, there’s plenty of time for this trifecta of creativity to get this just right, no matter how ‘different’ it may be to Chernobyl. It’ll be a challenge, though, given that The Last of Us is still seen by millions as one of the best. For now, with no date confirmed, we can only sit and wait for HBO to press start. Watch this loading screen, and the trailer for The Last of Us Part II to see what you’re in for.