Nick Offerman Pitches Bill & Frank’s ‘Last of Us’ Spinoff to HBO

Nick Offerman, known for portraying the character Bill in “The Last of Us,” has revealed that a prequel spinoff centered on Bill and Frank’s characters has been pitched to HBO. In the glow of his latest Emmy win, Offerman shared details of the pitched prequel, even humorously suggesting that it could hit a musical note if that’s what creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann desired.

“We’ve certainly pitched the idea. A whole mini-series looking into their lives before they meet each other is one of the ideas we’ve thrown around. It could be a musical, we’re not short on ideas. Now, we’ll see what Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann come up with,” said Offerman.

Last of Us Series and its Acclaim

“The Last of Us” series is helmed by two commendable creators. Craig Mazin, celebrated for his Emmy award-winning miniseries “Chernobyl,” and Neil Druckmann, the revered mind behind the original video game of the same name. The series follows the story of Pedro Pascal’s Joel and Bella Ramsey’s Ellie as they navigate a world in ruins some twenty years after the collapse of modern civilization.

The first series has received wide approval from critics and audiences alike. Particularly, the Bill and Frank-focused third episode titled “Long, Long Time” garnered a slew of praises for its touching portrayal of romance amidst resilience. The episode even gained commendation from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

Potential Spinoff Speculations

This isn’t the first occasion when a Bill and Frank spinoff has been discussed. Some speculation was spurred previously by Murray Bartlett (who played Frank) hinting at his desire to explore the gaps in the characters’ stories.

“Our episode covers a vast timeline in these two people’s lives. It’s special to see the beginning and the end of their story in one episode. It’s like a film in that sense. But how great it would be to go back and dive into those spaces?” expressed Bartlett.

On the topic of additional spinoffs, Craig Mazin expressed interest, saying he’s not closed to the idea of exploring other shows that might draw from these characters or the world of “The Last of Us.”

“I’m not sure how much more of ‘The Last of Us’ I would personally be part of. These shows are so big, it’s like burning one of the precious few remaining decades I have on telling this story. But in principle, I have no issue with it. And I’m sure Neil would be interested as well.”

What’s Next for The Last of Us?

The much-anticipated second season of “The Last of Us” is set for release in 2025.

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