In last year’s hit PS3 game The Last of Us, a highly contagious fungal outbreak spread across the world and devastated humanity. With less ominous ramifications, the game’s brand has proved similarly infectious, spawning a graphic-novel prequel, a one-night-only live stage reading, an upcoming movie adaptation, and an upgraded rerelease of the game, now available on PS4.
The Last of Us Remastered is like a Criterion Collection version, featuring higher-resolution character models, an improved frame rate, and loads of extras, including a making-of documentary and commentary from creative director/writer Neil Druckmann and actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson. And during a surprise EW Comic-Con panel on July 25, Druckmann and producer Sam Raimi announced that Druckmann is currently writing the film script, with Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams in talks to play one of the leads, Ellie.
But unlike many other entertainment blockbusters, don’t hold your breath for a sequel. ”Themes have to evolve and continue, and if we can’t capture that, then I don’t see the point in doing it,” says Druckmann. ”[The remastered version] is kind of my goodbye to the game, maybe the last time we’ll see these two characters. Other than the film, this might be it.”
Though Druckmann jokes there is one medium still left for Last to conquer: ”Improvisational dance?”