Neil Druckmann Criticizes Scrapped Last of Us Movie, Praises HBO Series

In a candid revelation, Neil Druckmann, co-director and writer of The Last of Us game, expressed his relief that the planned movie adaptation of the iconic game was never brought to fruition. Druckmann, in a conversation with rapper Logic, went on to label the potential Last of Us movie as “awful.”

While discussing the HBO series adaptation of The Last of Us, Druckmann credited his experience with the failed movie project for guiding him towards making better decisions for the TV series.

He emphasized the importance of hiring the best talent and producing the show at HBO, stating that this formula has been key to the project’s success.

Druckmann revealed that the envisioned Last of Us movie would have been limited to “two hours max,” indicating a condensed narrative compared to the TV series. The feedback he received during the movie’s development was a warning that it could lead to a subpar adaptation.

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Earlier statements from Druckmann suggested that the Last of Us movie would have stayed faithful to the original game while incorporating significant changes. The casting rumors for the movie included Maisie Williams as Ellie. However, for the HBO series, Bella Ramsey, another Game of Thrones alum, secured the role.

Currently, filming is underway for The Last of Us Season 2, featuring additions to the cast such as Kaitlyn Dever as Abby and Young Mazino as Jesse. Isabela Merced takes on the role of Dina.

The highly anticipated Season 2 is scheduled for a 2025 premiere, keeping fans eagerly awaiting the continuation of this gripping saga.

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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