The Last of Us, the 2013 action-adventure video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, is being adapted for television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the HBO series will be written and executive produced by the writer and creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann, with Craig Mazin, the creator of HBO limited series, Chernobyl, as Carolyn Strauss will also executive produce alongside Evan Wells, the president of Naughty Dog.
The popular PlayStation game follows Joe, a survivor in a post-apocalyptic United States, as he is tasked with helping a 14-year-old girl named Ellie escape from an oppressive quarantine zone. Once out, they must then rely on one another for survival during their tumultuous journey across the country.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that the new HBO series will adhere to the story of the original game, while also including content based on the upcoming sequel, The Last of Us Part II, which is due out this May.
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus,” said Mazin, an avid player of the game. “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.”
Druckmann added, “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.”
Between its original release on PlayStation 3 and a remastered version on PlayStation 4, The Last of Us has sold more than 17 million copies. The forthcoming TV adaptation of the game will serve as the first television series from PlayStation Productions.
For more on HBO’s The Last of Us TV series, visit The Hollywood Reporter.