Apparently The Last of Us is getting an HBO series

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Yeah.

It's kinda funny and ironic that most of Sony's IPs are geared towards cinematic, movie-like experiences, but what does that say about the games when they're turned around and made into actual movies or shows? Although sure, certainly each medium has its strengths and weaknesses, and in a way it's not much different than how so many books are getting screen adaptions; in many cases more than once or twice if you're a certain renowned horror novelist.

What I'm getting at is it would be nice if the games could be trusted to stand on their own, but when there's more money to be made...

All we can hope is that they expand on the stories in meaningful, impactful ways.

Anyways, feel free to chime in with your own casting choices.

Ellen Page for Ellie, but then again, she isn't looking as youthful as she did in Yuno so I'm not too sure about that.

I don't mind games getting adaptations in movies or tv shows. People like to consume different forms of media, there are people that will simply never touch video games but will be fine watching movies or tv shows. Taking one product and making it available in a different form of media isn't something to frown upon, as long as it's done with proper care.

I expect it to be pretty good as HBO TV shows have rarely, if ever, let me down.

Oooh, we get to do casting choices? Neat, let me at that.

Joel: Hugh Jackman
Ellie: Dafne Keen

They had a good report in Logan, and that movie already had a lot of similarities to The Last of Us, so it feels like a natural combo, if an unlikely one. Also, because Ellen page for Ellie is too obvious.

As for secondary characters/antagonists, I'm so far thinking:

David: Jerome Flynn (or Travis Fimmel, for more of a wildcard vibe)
Tommy: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Henry: Donald Glover
Tess: Carrie-Ann Moss

bluegate:
Ellen Page for Ellie, but then again, she isn't looking as youthful as she did in Yuno so I'm not too sure about that.

I don't mind games getting adaptations in movies or tv shows. People like to consume different forms of media, there are people that will simply never touch video games but will be fine watching movies or tv shows. Taking one product and making it available in a different form of media isn't something to frown upon, as long as it's done with proper care.

Then again, it doesn't have to cast a 14 year old Ellie. Ellen Page can do it regardless.

Well, I hope they can make a better story for TV than they did for the game. For everyone who claims that this is the "best game with the best story evah!!!!!!!!" the story is really really predictable. If you can't guess what happens throughout the game then I suggest you watch at least one zombie movie, it'll blow your mind. I mean they play the 'character gets bit and hides it' thing twice. Best story ever, my arse.

If the TV show follows the story of the game then I hope they at try to do something different and surprising with what they've got otherwise the show is going to be really dull. Mind you, having said all that the chances of me watching anything based on The Last of Us is really slim, so it doesn't really matter what I think.

Catfood220:
Well, I hope they can make a better story for TV than they did for the game. For everyone who claims that this is the "best game with the best story evah!!!!!!!!" the story is really really predictable. If you can't guess what happens throughout the game then I suggest you watch at least one zombie movie, it'll blow your mind. I mean they play the 'character gets bit and hides it' thing twice. Best story ever, my arse.

If the TV show follows the story of the game then I hope they at try to do something different and surprising with what they've got otherwise the show is going to be really dull. Mind you, having said all that the chances of me watching anything based on The Last of Us is really slim, so it doesn't really matter what I think.

I always found the story meh and whatever. I could not get attached to a majority of the characters. Plus, I had seen way too many zombie movies before the game was even first announced. Right now, I am watching Castlevania Season 3, and it's way more entertaining and better than whatever HBO is coming up with. Best of luck to them though.

hanselthecaretaker:

What I?m getting at is it would be nice if the games could be trusted to stand on their own, but when there?s more money to be made...

I don't think it's a lack of trust. By that sense, any adaptation implies a 'lack of trust' of the source material. If anything, wanting to be adapted is flattering towards the source material, even if the adaptation flops.

Also probably helps that Last of Us is already cinematic so can provide a template for adaptation.

Samtemdo8:

bluegate:
Ellen Page for Ellie, but then again, she isn't looking as youthful as she did in Yuno so I'm not too sure about that.

I don't mind games getting adaptations in movies or tv shows. People like to consume different forms of media, there are people that will simply never touch video games but will be fine watching movies or tv shows. Taking one product and making it available in a different form of media isn't something to frown upon, as long as it's done with proper care.

Then again, it doesn't have to cast a 14 year old Ellie. Ellen Page can do it regardless.

After all that fuss she made about them using her likeness, I don't see there being much chance of that happening.

Drathnoxis:

Samtemdo8:

bluegate:
Ellen Page for Ellie, but then again, she isn't looking as youthful as she did in Yuno so I'm not too sure about that.

I don't mind games getting adaptations in movies or tv shows. People like to consume different forms of media, there are people that will simply never touch video games but will be fine watching movies or tv shows. Taking one product and making it available in a different form of media isn't something to frown upon, as long as it's done with proper care.

Then again, it doesn't have to cast a 14 year old Ellie. Ellen Page can do it regardless.

After all that fuss she made about them using her likeness, I don't see there being much chance of that happening.

She had a good point though, she was literally staring in another video game coming out at the same time and they were pretty brazen in stealing her likeness. But yeah, she's not playing that.

In other Sony game>movie crossover news, Mark Wahlberg is really amped about the latest (and hopefully final) version the Uncharted script. Tough seeing him as Sully, but maybe it'll be alright.

Catfood220:
Well, I hope they can make a better story for TV than they did for the game. For everyone who claims that this is the "best game with the best story evah!!!!!!!!" the story is really really predictable. If you can't guess what happens throughout the game then I suggest you watch at least one zombie movie, it'll blow your mind. I mean they play the 'character gets bit and hides it' thing twice. Best story ever, my arse.

Not to make this into a whole agrument, but Silent Hill 2 was very predictable as well; 'Man who lost his wife receives letter from wife telling him to come to Silent Hill.' Gee, I wonder who ended up killing her? And yet the game is often sighted as one of the better stories in games, certainly one with some of the best character writing. Does that mean the people who site that game as 'one of the best stories in games' are wrong? Predictability doesn't equate to bad storytelling, nor does it mean people can't get just as engaged in its characters than if it were unpredictable.

OT: I'm guessing this is coming from two places. Sony probably saw how The Witcher Netflix series boosted the game sales like fucking crazy, and HBO maybe wanting their own Walking Dead show. Either way I'm not too hopefull. The more realistic looking and storydriven a game tends to be the less well it'll usually translate to screen. I mean, people seem to be way more positive about the recent Pokemon and Sonic movies then they were about Silent Hill and Prince of Persia.

One positive is that it being a series means it's probably not going to have that awkward condensed feel that movie adaptations have - they can actually take their time with the story and characters. But even then, no casting is going to ever feel right or right enough, and it not being interactive will make it pale in comparison regardless.

Casual Shinji:

OT: I'm guessing this is coming from two places. Sony probably saw how The Witcher Netflix series boosted the game sales like fucking crazy, and HBO maybe wanting their own Walking Dead show.

What's funny is that Netflix seems to want its own Walking Dead show with the Resident Evil TV series.

Either way I'm not too hopefull. The more realistic looking and storydriven a game tends to be the less well it'll usually translate to screen. I mean, people seem to be way more positive about the recent Pokemon and Sonic movies then they were about Silent Hill and Prince of Persia.

Not sure if I'd call Sands of Time "story driven." But yes, you're right. Looking at RT, only three VG movies have "fresh" rankings (Angry Birds 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, Detective Pikachu), and none of them are really series known for their stories.

Hawki:
Not sure if I'd call Sands of Time "story driven." But yes, you're right. Looking at RT, only three VG movies have "fresh" rankings (Angry Birds 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, Detective Pikachu), and none of them are really series known for their stories.

I guess a better way of saying it is 'games that are more abstract in terms of story, character, and artstyle'. I've got more faith in the Super Mario movie for example (which I'm assuming is going to be animated) than I do the Uncharted movie.

Casual Shinji:
I've got more faith in the Super Mario movie for example (which I'm assuming is going to be animated) than I do the Uncharted movie.

I do too, sort of, but not necessarily for the story issue.

The Uncharted movie began development in late 2007. TWO-THOUSAND AND SEVEN. You could make the argument that Sony wants to get it right, but taking a look at its wiki page, it's just one departure after another and frankly I'm surprised it hasn't been scrapped. But even that aside, while I've never played the Uncharted series, my understanding is that it takes a lot of inspiration from movies anyway. If it's telling its own story, then sure, but if it's adapting one of the games, I'm kind of left to ask what the point is.

That said, I'm not hyped for the Mario movie either. That I'm not that enamored with Mario aside, it's being produced by Illumination, a company that's sooner known for "competent" films rather than "great" films. I mean, I can just imagine the Toads being the film's equivalent of the Minions for example. Also, I will say that I have a hard time imagining Mario in any narrative-driven work.

Hawki:

Casual Shinji:
I've got more faith in the Super Mario movie for example (which I'm assuming is going to be animated) than I do the Uncharted movie.

I do too, sort of, but not necessarily for the story issue.

The Uncharted movie began development in late 2007. TWO-THOUSAND AND SEVEN. You could make the argument that Sony wants to get it right, but taking a look at its wiki page, it's just one departure after another and frankly I'm surprised it hasn't been scrapped. But even that aside, while I've never played the Uncharted series, my understanding is that it takes a lot of inspiration from movies anyway. If it's telling its own story, then sure, but if it's adapting one of the games, I'm kind of left to ask what the point is.

That said, I'm not hyped for the Mario movie either. That I'm not that enamored with Mario aside, it's being produced by Illumination, a company that's sooner known for "competent" films rather than "great" films. I mean, I can just imagine the Toads being the film's equivalent of the Minions for example. Also, I will say that I have a hard time imagining Mario in any narrative-driven work.

Mario movie just needs to be as decent of a Movie as Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog were to avoid it being a complete train wreck.

Hawki:

Casual Shinji:
I've got more faith in the Super Mario movie for example (which I'm assuming is going to be animated) than I do the Uncharted movie.

I do too, sort of, but not necessarily for the story issue.

The Uncharted movie began development in late 2007. TWO-THOUSAND AND SEVEN. You could make the argument that Sony wants to get it right, but taking a look at its wiki page, it's just one departure after another and frankly I'm surprised it hasn't been scrapped. But even that aside, while I've never played the Uncharted series, my understanding is that it takes a lot of inspiration from movies anyway. If it's telling its own story, then sure, but if it's adapting one of the games, I'm kind of left to ask what the point is.

The appeal of Uncharted is that it's like those movies... but you're playing it. And while you could argue that it's light on the gameplay during those epic setpieces, that doesn't stop it from giving you the impression of 'holy shit, it's like I'm playing through an action movie scene'. Hence why an Uncharted movie is kinda self-defeating. Maybe if it received the same attention as a Mission Impossible movie, but we all know that won't happen.

That said, I'm not hyped for the Mario movie either. That I'm not that enamored with Mario aside, it's being produced by Illumination, a company that's sooner known for "competent" films rather than "great" films. I mean, I can just imagine the Toads being the film's equivalent of the Minions for example. Also, I will say that I have a hard time imagining Mario in any narrative-driven work.

Oh yeah, I forgot it was Illumination that was doing the Mario movie. That means we probably won't get a narrative driven work, just one filled with cringey gags that they can fill a few trailers with.

Are they going to shove sex and nudity for no reason? This is HBO we are talking about.

hanselthecaretaker:
In other Sony game>movie crossover news, Mark Wahlberg is really amped about the latest (and hopefully final) version the Uncharted script. Tough seeing him as Sully, but maybe it?ll be alright.

I don't understand what is so difficult about making an Uncharted movie. It already is an action pop corn movie.

Marik2:
Are they going to shove sex and nudity for no reason? This is HBO we are talking about.

hanselthecaretaker:
In other Sony game>movie crossover news, Mark Wahlberg is really amped about the latest (and hopefully final) version the Uncharted script. Tough seeing him as Sully, but maybe it?ll be alright.

I don't understand what is so difficult about making an Uncharted movie. It already is an action pop corn movie.

Well, there's this I guess. So yeah they're probably going to take advantage of all the liberties the medium affords in that respect.

As for Uncharted, it sounds like it was probably terrible before; something less than popcorn-worthy. Perhaps now it might even end up good enough to distract from popcorn munching.

Hawki:

Casual Shinji:

OT: I'm guessing this is coming from two places. Sony probably saw how The Witcher Netflix series boosted the game sales like fucking crazy, and HBO maybe wanting their own Walking Dead show.

What's funny is that Netflix seems to want its own Walking Dead show with the Resident Evil TV series.

Either way I'm not too hopefull. The more realistic looking and storydriven a game tends to be the less well it'll usually translate to screen. I mean, people seem to be way more positive about the recent Pokemon and Sonic movies then they were about Silent Hill and Prince of Persia.

Not sure if I'd call Sands of Time "story driven." But yes, you're right. Looking at RT, only three VG movies have "fresh" rankings (Angry Birds 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, Detective Pikachu), and none of them are really series known for their stories.

RE has its own Netflix series? That's something I might watch, if it's anywhere near as good as The Witcher.

hanselthecaretaker:

Hawki:

Casual Shinji:

OT: I'm guessing this is coming from two places. Sony probably saw how The Witcher Netflix series boosted the game sales like fucking crazy, and HBO maybe wanting their own Walking Dead show.

What's funny is that Netflix seems to want its own Walking Dead show with the Resident Evil TV series.

Either way I'm not too hopefull. The more realistic looking and storydriven a game tends to be the less well it'll usually translate to screen. I mean, people seem to be way more positive about the recent Pokemon and Sonic movies then they were about Silent Hill and Prince of Persia.

Not sure if I'd call Sands of Time "story driven." But yes, you're right. Looking at RT, only three VG movies have "fresh" rankings (Angry Birds 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, Detective Pikachu), and none of them are really series known for their stories.

RE has its own Netflix series? That?s something I might watch, if it?s anywhere near as good as The Witcher.

Don't hold your breath on RE.

Yoshi178:
Mario movie just needs to be as decent of a Movie as Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog were to avoid it being a complete train wreck.

Is it too much to ask that a movie be "good" rather than "decent?"

hanselthecaretaker:

Well, there?s this I guess.

Reads article...

Jesus Christ, is this still a thing?

hanselthecaretaker:

RE has its own Netflix series?

https://residentevil.fandom.com/wiki/Resident_Evil_(TV_series)

I'll believe it when (or if) I see it though.

Hawki:

Yoshi178:
Mario movie just needs to be as decent of a Movie as Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog were to avoid it being a complete train wreck.

Is it too much to ask that a movie be "good" rather than "decent?"

considering the history of videogame movies we've had over the past few decades, yes.

besides. Mario and Sonic the hedgehog were already aimed at a young audience so they were never going to be "good" movies per say. And Mario never really had a deep story to begin with. there's only so much story you can get from "mario saves peach from Bowser"

Yoshi178:

Is it too much to ask that a movie be "good" rather than "decent?"

They managed it with Tomb Raider. There's nothing to stop them from breaking the mould even further.

besides. Mario and Sonic the hedgehog were already aimed at a young audience so they were never going to be "good" movies per say.

There's plenty of children's movies that are outright good - Pixar, Disney, Studio Gibli, DreamWorks (in some cases), etc. The argument "it's for kids" doesn't absolve a film from a lack of quality.

And Mario never really had a deep story to begin with. there's only so much story you can get from "mario saves peach from Bowser"

True, but as already discussed in the thread, I'm beginning to wonder if that's an issue.

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/video-game-movies-ranked-worst-to-best/

Notably, the three VG movies that have managed "fresh" scores aren't story-heavy franchises, and while Sonic is probably the most story-centric of those three, the film didn't adapt an actual plot from the games. Closest it came to adapting anything was Sonic X, and even then, it was more "roadtrip movie with Sonic in it."

I mean, they technically made Mario cartoons, so I guess it's possible? On the other hand, this is Illumination we're talking about - I've a terrible feeling that Toads are going to be Minions.

Hawki:

besides. Mario and Sonic the hedgehog were already aimed at a young audience so they were never going to be "good" movies per say.

There's plenty of children's movies that are outright good - Pixar, Disney, Studio Gibli, DreamWorks (in some cases), etc. The argument "it's for kids" doesn't absolve a film from a lack of quality.

Disney's been making movies for Decades. that's their specialty just like Nintendo's specialty is making games. not movies.

Yoshi178:

Hawki:

besides. Mario and Sonic the hedgehog were already aimed at a young audience so they were never going to be "good" movies per say.

There's plenty of children's movies that are outright good - Pixar, Disney, Studio Gibli, DreamWorks (in some cases), etc. The argument "it's for kids" doesn't absolve a film from a lack of quality.

Disney's been making movies for Decades. that's their specialty just like Nintendo's specialty is making games. not movies.

Yeah, but it would be something if Nintendo partnered with Disney on a Mario or Zelda movie. Somewhere someone could spin a good yarn about either of those far past what the games ever have. If it can be done with Sonic, Pokemon, the upcoming Minecraft of all things, etc....

Yoshi178:

Disney's been making movies for Decades. that's their specialty just like Nintendo's specialty is making games. not movies.

Except Nintendo isn't making the movie, Illumination is.

hanselthecaretaker:

Yeah, but it would be something if Nintendo partnered with Disney on a Mario or Zelda movie. Somewhere someone could spin a good yarn about either of those far past what the games ever have.

"Either of those far past what the games ever have." Don't know what you're saying, but I do know that isn't proper English.

Also, Disney has no reason to partner with anyone - Disney would probably sooner buy Nintendo than partner with it.

If it can be done with Sonic, Pokemon, the upcoming Minecraft of all things, etc....

Minecraft will be Lego Movie 2.0.

Calling it.

If any videogame company were to make a good videogame movie it would be Sony since they already make movies you know...

Except Nintendo isn't making the movie, Illumination is.

illumination is making it under Miyamoto's close supervision

Hawki:

Yoshi178:

Disney's been making movies for Decades. that's their specialty just like Nintendo's specialty is making games. not movies.

Except Nintendo isn't making the movie, Illumination is.

hanselthecaretaker:

Yeah, but it would be something if Nintendo partnered with Disney on a Mario or Zelda movie. Somewhere someone could spin a good yarn about either of those far past what the games ever have.

"Either of those far past what the games ever have." Don't know what you're saying, but I do know that isn't proper English.

Also, Disney has no reason to partner with anyone - Disney would probably sooner buy Nintendo than partner with it.

If it can be done with Sonic, Pokemon, the upcoming Minecraft of all things, etc....

Minecraft will be Lego Movie 2.0.

Calling it.

Full sentence was: "Somewhere someone could spin a good yarn about either of those far past what the games ever have."

Yoshi178:
If any videogame company were to make a good videogame movie it would be Sony since they already make movies you know...

They made the most critically acclaimed VG movie of all time...Angry Birds Movie 2.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Yoshi178:
illumination is making it under Miyamoto's close supervision

"Supervision" isn't the same as making it. Also, I've seen no statement as to how involved Nintendo as a group actually is. To mention the Sonic movie, just because Sega is listed in the pre-release credits, I can't really say that Sega "made" the film.

Hawki:

Yoshi178:
If any videogame company were to make a good videogame movie it would be Sony since they already make movies you know...

They made the most critically acclaimed VG movie of all time...Angry Birds Movie 2.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Too bad the movie flopped in the states.

https://www.cartoonbrew.com/box-office-report/the-angry-birds-movie-2-is-the-latest-animated-sequel-to-flop-at-the-box-office-178407.html

Yoshi178:
If any videogame company were to make a good videogame movie it would be Sony since they already make movies you know...

If that was a stealth insult against God of War 4, Last of Us, or Uncharted, you fail. You would have a point about the Order: 1886, any of Quantic Dream's games, or Until Dawn. Though at least Until Dawn has some fun in a "get friends together to decide the fate of these horror movie characters" way. If there is any company having a problem turning their games in to movies this generation, it's Microsoft. Especially early on when their main focus was sports, TV, and making Quantum Break in to this cross media, "TV format", that did not fucking work. Compromising what chould have been a way better game than the one released. Not mention, Sony's got plenty of exclusives that play like games, regardless if they're in charge of development or not. Letting the developers on their platform to mostly leave them to their own devices. I say this and I don't even care for LoUs. So please tell that wasn't stealth insult.

Marik2:
Are they going to shove sex and nudity for no reason? This is HBO we are talking about.

hanselthecaretaker:
In other Sony game>movie crossover news, Mark Wahlberg is really amped about the latest (and hopefully final) version the Uncharted script. Tough seeing him as Sully, but maybe it?ll be alright.

I don't understand what is so difficult about making an Uncharted movie. It already is an action pop corn movie.

I thought Max Payne and Tomb Raider should make good movies, due to how action oriented they already are. And they were awful to not good(Unless the New non-Jolie TR movie ended up being better then I'd heard).

Metal Gear Solid is going to be something to see if/when it eventually releases. I just don't think it'll be something good.

CoCage:

Too bad the movie flopped in the states.

https://www.cartoonbrew.com/box-office-report/the-angry-birds-movie-2-is-the-latest-animated-sequel-to-flop-at-the-box-office-178407.html

Ha ha! Burn! BURN!

...okay, that's not fair, but I saw the original and loathed it. Maybe the sequel's better though, I dunno.

Dalisclock:

I thought Max Payne and Tomb Raider should make good movies, due to how action oriented they already are. And they were awful to not good(Unless the New non-Jolie TR movie ended up being better then I'd heard).

The Vikander movie is good. It is, IMO, the only genuinely good VG movie I've seen (that was theatrically released). At the least, it's leagues above the Jolie films.

Metal Gear Solid is going to be something to see if/when it eventually releases. I just don't think it'll be something good.

Oh yeah, that's a thing...

I can't see it ending well. Not without Kojima. Metal Gear manages to be both insane and deep, and it's a balance that only Kojima seems to have been able to pull off. Without him, well, what do you get apart from pure insanity (Metal Gear Rising) or pure drek (Metal Gear Survive)?

Hawki:

CoCage:

Too bad the movie flopped in the states.

https://www.cartoonbrew.com/box-office-report/the-angry-birds-movie-2-is-the-latest-animated-sequel-to-flop-at-the-box-office-178407.html

Ha ha! Burn! BURN!

...okay, that's not fair, but I saw the original and loathed it. Maybe the sequel's better though, I dunno.

Apparently yes, from the critic and non-critic folks.

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