The Last of Us will be getting a television series adaptation with HBO, featuring Craig Mazin – creator of acclaimed limited series Chernobyl – and Neil Druckmann – writer and creative director of TLOU – on board. Caroyln Strauss will be executive producer alongside Evan Wells, president of Naughty Dog. The project is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with Playstation Productions, also the first television series from the latter.
“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.”
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Druckmann himself has expressed his “excitement to work one of his [my] favourite writers” via a Tweet.
“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.”
The Last of Us won numerous “game of the year” awards and went on to sell more than 17 million copies across both its original release on the PlayStation 3 and a remastered version on PlayStation 4.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to partner with Craig, Neil, Carolyn and the teams at Sony, Naughty Dog and PlayStation to bring the virtual world of this acclaimed game to life.”
Casey Bloys – HBO programming president
Druckmann is a longtime vet of Naughty Dog, since starting as a programming intern in 2004. He became Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune‘s game designer in 2007, before The Last of Us in 2013. Mazin’s Chernobyl is considered a must-see show on HBO, taking on a bleak, complex true-life event to screen. The show won Emmy for outstanding limited series and landed one for Mazin for outstanding writing, also earning him a PGA award and WGA award.
“This is the first of many shows we intend to develop with our friends at PlayStation Productions. The Last of Us is a brilliant achievement in storytelling and character development, and we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with this team to adapt it.”
Chris Parnell – co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios
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