After its initial announcement in March, The Last of Us has been green lit for a TV adaptation by HBO. The hugely popular PlayStation title by the gaming studio Naughty Dog will see its series led by the Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin with Neil Druckman, the games creative director, co-writing the series. They will both serve as executive producers, along with HBO’s Carolyn Strauss (who also worked on Chernobyl and Game of Thrones), Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
First released in 2013, The Last of Us received universal acclaim and is a fan favourite. It sees players take on the character Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting the teenage Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States. What starts off as a seemingly straight forward task becomes anything but as this brutal, heart-breaking story unfolds.
It’s sequel was released in June of this year.
The TV adaptation is said to cover the events of the original game and may also include material from its sequel. We are yet to hear how many episodes have been commissioned and any casting news.
The Last of us will be joining Uncharted, another Naughty Dog title receiving a live-action adaptation. However, as of writing there is no word on a release date.