The Last of Us: the other series and movies based on video games that are on the way

After the launch of the series based on the video game ‘The last of Us’ in HBOwhich is being received with great success among users, video game lovers will be able to enjoy various titles that will be released from this year 2023, such as the PlayStation Productions series, ‘God of War’, or the spin-off from ‘The Witcher’ in Netflix.

The SerieThe last of us’ allows you to know the story of Ellie and Joel from a unique perspective, since it adapts the acclaimed saga developed by Naughty Dog. which debuted in 2013. This story is set in a post-apocalyptic world due to a outbreak of a fungus that caused humans to mutate into cannibalistic creatures.

The actors who play the protagonists are Bella Ramsey as Ellie and Pedro Pascal as Joel Miller, Anna Torv also participates playing Tess. In addition, this series has Neil Druckmann, also the director of Naughty Dog, on the management team, which ensures a very successful adaptation of the video game.

'The Last of Us', by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.
‘The Last of Us’, by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. – Photo: Shane Harvey/Liane Hentscher/HBO

Continuing with post-apocalyptic series, Netflix will soon release ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’, based on the video game by the developer Guerrilla Games. This story is set in the year 3040, when a catastrophe changes the world completely and turns it into a world inhabited by tribal societies.

Its jump to the screen does not have a specific date, although it is expected to be released from 2024. However, it is known that the direction will be in the hands of Michelle Lovretta, the creator of the series ‘Killjoys’ and ‘Lost Girl’ ‘, and from director and screenwriter Steve Blackman. Regarding production, PlayStation Productions, Sony Pictures TV and Netflix.

In an interview with Netflix, Steve Blackman, assures that Aloy will be one of the protagonists of the story, how could it be otherwise. In addition, he describes the world of Horizon as “incredibly lush and vivid of men and machines on a collision course with each other towards oblivion”, noting that its characters are “wonderful”.

Horizon Zero Dawn, video game developed by Guerrilla Games.
Horizon Zero Dawn, video game developed by Guerrilla Games. – Photo: Guerrilla Games

On the other hand, in the field of fantasy and mythology, one of the most anticipated titles to enjoy on the screen is God of War that, Although it does not have a specific date either, it can be enjoyed on Amazon Prime Video. This saga has many followers, something that has been confirmed after the success of the latest installment ‘God of War: Ragnarök’, with 11 nominations at The Games Awards, very close to getting the ‘Game of the Year’ award.

In this sense, it will also have its representation on screen. The production is being developed with Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios, along with PlayStation Productions and Santa Monica Studio, the developers of the original video game. Also, the story will feature screenwriters such as Rafe Judkins, from The Wheel of Time, and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who worked on Children of Men and Iron Man. However, the specific plot line of the series is still unknown. What is clear is that it will focus on some of the stories of Kratos, the god of war.

God of War has become one of the most successful games on PlayStation.
God of War has become one of the most successful games on PlayStation. – Photo: Santa Monica Studio Instagram

The series that does have a date and is also being highly anticipated by its followers, is the third season of ‘The Witcher’, which will be ready in the summer of this year and can be seen on Netflix, like previous seasons. Despite the fact that the series will no longer have the actor who gave life to the great Geralt of Rivia, Henry Cavill, the production continues with Liam Hemsworth and promises to be more faithful to the books of the creator of this world of wizards and magical beings, Andrzej Sapkowski.

Following this thread, the series ‘Halo’ will also premiere its second season this year 2023 on Paramount +. This science fiction story shows an interstellar war between humanity and an alliance of aliens known as the Covenant and was created by Bungie Studios ending as a highly acclaimed video game franchise among gamers.

Now, with this second season, the actor Pablo Schreiber will once again give life to the protagonist, the Master Chief and, in addition, he will also be an executive producer. In this sense, he will develop more stories and adventures that can be seen on screen this year, although it has not been determined when. As in the first season, the creative team is led by game developer Kiki Wolfkill, and now writer David Wiener will also participate.

Another of the titles that will reappear on the screen is ‘Assassin’s Creed’. Although in 2016 this Ubisoft franchise It was already adapted and made into a ‘live action’ movie starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the results were not enough and film production was not continued. However, Ubisoft will try its luck again with the serial format at the hands of Netflix.

Still, there are no announced dates on when it will be officially released as it is still in a development phase. The executive producers will be the head of Ubisoft Film & Television, Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik, as pointed out by Ubisoft in 2020. However, the production is facing a series of problems since the ‘showrunner’ Jeb Stuart recently left the project, as he stated in an interview with Collider.

The Fallout franchise, now from Xbox Game Studios, can also be seen in serial format. Bethesda is producing a series for Prime Video as announced in 2020. Thus, Amazon and the production company Kilter Films will bring to life the missions of this post-apocalyptic world in which nuclear war ended humanity confined to bunkers.

The creators of Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, will be in charge of producing this series, in which there are many expectations on the part of the fans. Filming has been underway since June and has Walton Goggins and Ella Purnell, as protagonists.

Leaving the series behind, in November last year, Netflix announced the project of a ‘live action’ film of the video game ‘Gears of War’. To do this, the platform has partnered with the video game developer ‘The Coalition’ and with Xbox. In addition, they will also produce an animated series aimed at an adult audience.

For now, there is no date for the premiere of this story, which began in 2006 with the first installment of the video game and which tells the story of a world in which humans fight for the extraction of Imulsion, a liquid that serves as a source of energy, and that awakened an underground species that wiped out most of the human population.

‘Death Stranding’ will also have a movie, and it will jump to the big screen by opening in theaters. The game designer, Hideo Kojima, has teamed up with Hammerstone Studios to produce a story based on the world of this game with supernatural events known as Death Stranding, for which the human race is in danger of extinction.

Under the adventures of its protagonist, Sam Porter Bridges, Kojima intends to create a film from an artistic approach, although it is unknown when it will hit theaters.

Another of the most anticipated deliveries goes through the animated world. Super Mario Bros. The movie will be released in theaters on March 31 of this year. Just like in Nintendo games, it will recreate Mario’s fun worlds and his adventures with his brother Luigi to save Princess Peach and Bowser’s Mushroom Kingdom.

Its producers are Illumination, Nintendo and Universal, likewise, it is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic. This film promises spectacular animation with touches of humor.

*With information from Europa Press

The Last of Us: the other series and movies based on video games that are on the way