Given how plot heavy the game' The Last of Us' is, it was little surprise when it was announced it was getting a TV adaptation.
HBO, who were also behind 'Game of Thrones' and recently released 'Zack Snyder's Justice League', is behind the series. 'The Last of Us' is just one of a number of Playstation movie and TV adaptations in the works with 'Uncharted', starring Tom Holland and Mark Walhberg, and a reboot of Resident Evil' titled 'Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City', also on the way.
As previously announced, the roles of both Joel and Ellie have been cast for 'The Last of Us' series.
'The Mandalorian' star Pedro Pascal plays the latter. Bella Ramsey, best-known for playing Lyanna Mormont in 'Game of Thrones', plays Ellie.
SXSW took place of late and the game director and show executive producer Neil Druckmann was interviewed by IGN.
Druckmann spoke about his and showrunner Craig Mazin’s approach to adapting the acclaimed video game.
"We talked at length [that season 1 of the show is going to be [the first game]," Druckmann explained.
He noted that for him and Mazin, "the philosophical underpinnings of the story" were the most important thing to get right about the adaptation.
They were less concerned, about "the superficial things, like should [a character] wear the same plaid shirt or the same red shirt?"
Druckmann said those who played the game will recognise parts of the dialogue in the adaptation. But he also said there would be surprises.
"Things sometimes stay pretty close," he said. "It’s funny to see my dialogue there from the games in HBO scripts.
"And sometimes they deviate greatly to much better effect because we are dealing with a different medium."
He added: "You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don’t need to train people on how to use a gun.
"So that’s something that’s been really different, and HBO’s been great in pushing us to move away from hardcore action and focus more on the drama of the character.
"Some of my favorite episodes so far have deviated greatly from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them."