Naughty Dog’s hit post-apocalyptic game The Last of Us proved to be popular even among people who usually don’t like playing video games. HBO has seen this as an opportunity and struck a deal with the developers to adapt the game into a full-fledged TV series. We had to see this one coming…
According to the news, the project is led by none other than Craig Mazin, who previously worked on HBO’s hit miniseries Chernobyl. Furthermore, he’s also a part of the team that is currently working on the upcoming Borderlands movie.
Craig Mazin will be accompanied by Naughty Dog’s Neild Druckmann, who wrote and directed both The Last of Us games. According to the sources, he will write the script for the series and will work as an executive producer.
Both showrunners shared some praise to one another in their personal statements. Craig Mazin said:
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus. 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.”
Neil Druckman also acknowledge Mazin’s talents and wrote this:
“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.”
In case you’re still wondering what the series will be about, don’t… It will follow the same story covered in the first The Last of Us game. According to the team, the show will be a direct adaptation of the game with a possibility to add some additional content where it fits the format. If the show manages to capture a lot of attention, we might expect the second game to become a part of the new TV series too.
We hope to learn more about this project and its cast in the future. For now, we’re still waiting on the second The Last of Us game which is scheduled to come out on May 29th exclusively on PlayStation 4.