HBO’s mega-budget The Last of Us TV series, based on Naughty Dog’s eponymous video game, has wrapped filming, according to EP Craig Mazin.
The Last of Us TV show has wrapped filming, EP, and writer Craig Mazin has confirmed. Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic action-adventure game The Last of Us has received overwhelming critical acclaim, in addition to numerous prestigious game awards since it came out in 2013. Its sequel, The Last of Us Part II, also proved very popular among fans, with the success of the original game prompting Sam Raimi to develop a film adaptation of the material. Raimi’s plans fell through, but HBO ultimately stepped in and ordered a televised adaptation of The Last of Us to series. The show will be the network’s first to be based on a video game and it is expected to come out sometime in 2023.
After assembling a star-studded main cast, which includes Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, and Gabriel Luna as original game characters Joel, Ellie, and Tommy, HBO’s The Last of Us began filming in Alberta, Canada in July 2021. The show is being touted as the biggest production in the country, with each of its 10 episodes boasting a $15 million budget. Earlier this week, executive producer Neil Druckmann, who wrote and directed the original video game, shared an image from the series showcasing Pascal and Ramsey as Joel and Ellie in one of the game’s classic stealth positions. Now, Druckmann’s colleague Mazin has shared another update from the show.
On Saturday, Mazin, who previously created and wrote the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, took to Twitter to announce that The Last of Us TV show has wrapped up production in Canada. Mazin did not share any other details, nor did he indicate if the crew was moving to post-production immediately. But the wrap-up date falls in line with the original timeline for the show, according to which, filming was scheduled to end in June 2022. Take a look at Mazin’s tweet below.
During the course of filming, several images and videos emerged from The Last of Us sets, offering a sneak peek at familiar game scenes and locations that were being recreated for the TV series. Over the months, fans have been treated with close-up looks at Joel and Ellie riding horses, the Boston Quarantine Zone, the Pittsburgh sniper scene, a post-apocalyptic Jackson, and the Firefly hospital scene. Some new locations have also been teased, like Kansas City, in addition to some of the changes that the show is making to the games to allow for better serialization. This barrage of content from the set of The Last of Us over the past year has given fans some idea about the TV adaptation, making it clear to what extent it would be loyal to the games.
With The Last of Us now wrapping production, fans can expect more promotional material to surface in the coming months, including first-look photos, teasers, and trailers. Of course, this will take some time, as first, the series needs to develop the VFX for the various classes of the infected (including the brand new Stage 5) during post-production. Thankfully, DNEG, the computer animation company behind Avengers: Endgame, is working on the visual effects for The Last of Us, so fans can count on the show to be visually delectable and reminiscent of its riveting, story-driven video game counterpart.
Source: Craig Mazin
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