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Neil Druckmann hits back at death threats sent to Last of Us 2 actor

Published: 4/Jul/2020 19:18

by Brent Koepp

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The Last of Us 2 creator Neil Druckmann has responded to angry players after voice actor Laura Bailey revealed she’d received death threats over her role in the game. The PS4 title has faced backlash since release.

The Last of Us Part 2 released on June 17, and was met with overwhelming praise from critics. However, the Sony title was quickly faced with backlash from players who hated the game’s story. It even got review-bombed on Metacritic.

The anger hasn’t stopped there, though. Abby’s voice actor, Laura Bailey, revealed on Twitter that she’d been getting harassment for her performance. Responding to the threats, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann addressed those taking things too far.

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Last of Us 2 features new character Abby, who has been divisive for some fans.

The Last of Us 2 actor getting death threats

On July 3, veteran voice actor Laura Bailey took to Twitter to reveal that she’d been receiving a flood of harassment for her performance as Abby in The Last of Us Part 2.  The artist uploaded images of the types of terrifying comments she’d been sent.

“Man. I try to only post positive stuff on here… but sometimes this just gets a little overwhelming. I blacked out some of the words cuz, ya know, spoilers. Thank you to all the people sending me positive messages to balance it out. It means more than I can say,” she said in the tweet.

The harassment ranges from users blaming her for ruining the PS4 title, to some of them even rising to the level of violent threats against her family. “I’m going to find where you live, and slaughter you for what you did. Mark my f**king words,” one of the heinous messages read.

The actor’s post quickly went viral on Twitter as many were shocked at the level of toxicity surrounding the game. Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann responded to Bailey’s post, calling her “brave” and requesting for the harassers to get help.

As the people that propagate this kind of hate would say, how stunning and brave! I hope these gamers get the mental help they so clearly need. Unfortunately this is now the cost of making popular entertainment that challenges conventions. Laura doesn’t deserve any of this,” he said.

The Last of Us creator then followed that up by responding to another user who argued that the writers of the PS4 title deserved the hate they were getting. “Look, I get it. You lose these fictional characters but they’re not real.You do know that, right? Don’t be scared of therapy.”

Prominent figures from both the games and movie industry responded to the voice actor’s post, and condemned those sending threats and harassment. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn replied, “It seems people are confusing fiction with reality in reality AND in fiction. Grow up.”

Laura Bailey later responded to the reactions to her tweet, and thanked everyone for the positive messages. “Damn. The amount of encouraging responses to this… I’ve always believed that good people far outweigh the bad. Thanks for reminding me of that today,” she said.

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The Last of Us voice actor thanked those who were sending her positive messages.

Despite The Last of Us 2’s unanimous praise from critics and review publications, the game has been embroiled in controversy since its June release, as some players continue to take out their anger on those involved with it.

Regardless of the backlash, the Naughty Dog sequel has been a smash success for Sony so far. The wildly anticipated title has already sold over four million units, making it the fastest selling PlayStation 4 release to date.

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What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp

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Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*