Some exciting news here.
The incredible video game that is The Last of Us is being adapted to a series. While that may be, naturally, cause for some apprehension, this could be the most ideal way to do it. Firstly, it’s heading to prestige television company HBO. Secondly, it’s going to come from the creator of the outstanding HBO limited series Chernobyl. Thirdly, Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director of the game, is also involved.
THR broke the news, reporting that Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will be teaming up with Druckmann to both write and executive produce an adaptation of the acclaimed Sony PlayStation game.
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus,” Mazin said in a statement. “Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”
Said Druckmann: “From the first time I sat down to talk with Craig I was equally blown away by his approach to narrative and his love and deep understanding of The Last of Us. With Chernobyl, Craig and HBO created a tense, harrowing, emotional masterpiece. I couldn’t think of better partners to bring the story of The Last of Us to life as a television show.”
Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones, Chernobyl) will also be on board as executive producer, as will Evan Well, the president of game developer Naughty Dog. This is going to be the first series from PlayStation Productions, who are crafting it with Sony Pictures Television.
The series will reportedly be covering the events of the original game and may include some content based on the upcoming sequel, The Last of Us Part II.
For those unaware, the 2013 game is set in a post-apocalyptic U.S. and follows grizzled smuggler Joel and a teenage girl Ellie, who find themselves depending on each other for survival in a world that’s been ravaged by a deadly pandemic.
This series adaptation means that a Last of Us movie is all but dead now, with IGN‘s sources claiming that this series is replacing that feature project. A Sam Raimi-produced feature film adaptation was in the works for quite a while at Sony Pictures, although it hit a big stumbling block when creative differences arose with Druckmann and plans stalled in 2016.