Naughty Dog's highly-acclaimed action adventure game is getting a TV adaptation with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and and game writer Neil Druckmann.
Gamers will have something more to look forward to as a TV Series based on the popular game The Last of Us finally gets the green light!
Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will be writing the upcoming TV adaptation of Naughty Dog's action-adventure game, alongside game writer Neil Druckmann, who will also serve as a writer and executive producer. Joining them is longtime HBO producer Carolyn Strauss.
The Last of Us is a mega-hit game series, highly-acclaimed for its moving storyline.
The first game was released first on PS3 before receiving a full remaster on PS4, where more fans discovered the title.
Set 20 years after modern civilization's destruction, The game's storyline follows Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across the post-apocalyptic United States.
Soon the players are faced with overwhelming emotions as they try to craft weapons, use stealth and do everything they can to defend and control the characters amidst hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated fungus in the genus Cordyceps.
The much-awaited sequel, The Last of Us Part II, was released earlier this year and is set five years later from the first game. It follows a teenage Ellie, full of hatred and intent to seek revenge.
The TV adaptation coming to HBO will be a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and game creator Naughty Dog.
Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming, assures that the adaptation will surely resonate with the game's fans.
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” Francesca Orsi said via Deadline.
“With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series is sure to resonate with both die-hard fans of The Last of Us games and newcomers to this genre-defining saga. We’re delighted to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, powerfully immersive story.”
Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios (SPT), and Asad Qizilbash, Head of PlayStation Productions, expressed their excitement on the upcoming project.
In a joint statement, the two said:
We’re thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring The Last of Us series to life. PlayStation’s innovative storytelling and ingenuity is a natural complement to SPT’s creative focus. Our collaboration is a great example of our ‘One Sony’ philosophy at work. We look forward to developing even more iconic game IP in the future.
We are still waiting for casting details for The Last Of Us TV adaptation, and HBO is yet to announce a release date for the series.