HBO is the next studio to try it’s hand at making a videogame-inspired television series. Following the success of Netflix’s own adaptation of ‘The Witcher’ the streaming company wants to make its own version of the popular videogame, ‘The Last of Us’.
The announcement came a few days ago and took everyone by surprise, but detailed very little about the adaptation.
Netflix has seen a massive success with the series ‘The Witcher’ with Henry Cavill as the lead. The story references the books, but also takes some inspiration from the games for execution. While this was a clever move to consider, no one had imagined the show would become as big nor successful, maybe not even Netflix, but show ended up having around 70 million users interested in watching upon release. It also went ahead to beat other shows in popularity, growing more popular with each passing week. Success trickled down to the books which became New York Times bestsellers shortly after the show’s success.
This allowed Netflix to ramp up production of season two and cast even Game of Thrones’s former actor Hivju for the next season. People have found interest on the major news and are following developments on the next installment.
HBO thinks the show to Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us could make the same success following this pattern. The Last of Us was an emotional videogame of a father-daughter relationship of two people going through the rough patches of the world. With scores of fans interested in the story it could also spur this success. It’s set in an apocalyptic era where the love and their survival triumphs over the disease and nature of world that surrounds them.
The game itself is interesting and could provide the right material for HBO to make something interesting, but there is no guarantee. This would make the right series that HBO is longing for following the grand success of Game of Thrones, but it’s not surprising to see other streaming services going this route soon, adapting shows with already established fanbases and capitalising on that. Apple already tried their first entrant See and Disney has an interesting formula with Marvel and Lucas films. We’re left to see how these pan out and if fans truly get what they deserve from all of this.