The Last of Us Director Got Goosebumps Seeing HBO Show Footage

Excitement around the upcoming HBO series The Last of Us continues to build, and it’s not just fans that are excited for the series, but the game’s developers, too.

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on the upcoming series, as well as the recently released The Last of Us Part I remake for PlayStation 5, Naughty Dog’s Matthew Gallant — who served as a designer on the original The Last of Us and game director on the remake — said that watching the brief footage for the HBO series gave him goosebumps.

“It gave me goosebumps to watch the [HBO] trailer, as little footage as that was,” Gallant said. “I felt like I was wanting to watch it over and over again, and catch all the little details.”

Gallant also talked about how he can tell that the folks crafting the HBO series care about the game, which he says is not something you often see in the world of video game adaptations. For that reason, he’s extremely excited about the series.

“They really, really care about the art direction,” said Gallant. “That two-second clip of the infected embedded in the wall. That looks like it’s right out of the game. The way the characters’ outfits look. The way certain lines are delivered in that trailer. That’s often not true in video game adaptations. They often take really big creative license with the original franchise. This looks like it’s just gonna be so authentic to the original games. And as someone who loves the original games, I’m so excited to see that being explored in a different medium.”

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The live-action series is executive produced and co-written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and original game writer Neil Druckmann, who is also serving as one of the directors. It is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions. Executive producers are Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog President Evan Wells, and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.

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