Earlier this year, Sony, Naughty Dog and HBO announced that a TV series of The Last of Us is in the works. Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog and Craig Mazin – known from Chernobyl and others – are responsible for the story of the series, which will mainly focus on the first game. To date, little is known about the story, but Mazin has now shared a bit more about what exactly this means.
In a BBC podcast, Mazin indicated that he is aware that fans often fear that much will be changed in a story when someone else does something new with the IP. In the case of the TV series of The Last of Us, fans of the games should not fear this, especially because he makes it together with Druckmann, who of course is personally involved in the development of the game. Mazin also explained that the TV series will only strengthen the story from the game and expand in certain areas. So no things are drastically changed or undone.
“I think fans of something worry that, when the property gets licensed to someone else, those people don’t really understand it, or are going to change it. In this case, I’m doing it with the guy who did it, and so the changes that we’re making are designed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance.”
In this way, Mazin, Druckmann and the others involved hope to remain true to the story Naughty Dog has built up with the game series. Mazin works on it with great enthusiasm, but also knows that in the end it will be impossible to satisfy everyone, according to his words.
“We’re creating anew and we’re also reimagining what is already there to present a different format. It’s kind of a dream come true for me. I think I’m probably going to go hide in a bunker for a while because you can’t make everyone happy.”