is the great debate around ‘The Last of Us’: its visual and plot fidelity with respect to the original video game is beyond doubt, but then… what own values does it add to what we already saw in the game? Is it a simple clone product for fans or does the series starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey have its own identity? In the conversation we had with Neil Druckmann and Craig Bazim, writers and producers of the series, and where they already told us about the calculated duration of the seasons, they clarified this issue for us.
“We deviated from the original, but we don’t want to shock audiences. That was never our goal. We knew that would come organically,” Druckmann tells us. And they give us a very clear example to understand this point of view: “If someone makes a movie about the Titanic, I’m pretty sure I know what’s going to happen, or in any romantic comedy. Spoiler: they end up together and their love triumphs “. But the important thing for him is not the surprise: “The trip is everything to me.”
Because stories can also be enjoyed even if we know how they end. Druckmann states that “I could see ‘Life Sentence’ every two weeks and still enjoy it because it’s so well told. There are two different ways to enjoy a story: one where we don’t know anything about it, it’s amazing, we don’t know where it goes. And then there’s another way where we know where it’s going and appreciate the execution of the story, and perhaps more importantly for us, the characters in it.”
Adds Craig Bazim, “As a fan, there were a lot of things we could do in the series that I was excited about, because they were things that Neil had wanted to include in the game but hadn’t had time, or new things that they came up with later… And then there were things that just came out of our conversations that we wanted to do.” And he warns: “if you’re a fan of the game, you already know everything that’s going to happen, but you’re still going to be excited. And you’re going to be comforted by the representation of things on the screen that you like and that mean a lot to you.”
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