HBO has ordered a full series of the upcoming The Last of Us TV adaptation, which will be a collaboration between Chernobyl showrunner, Craig Mazin, and Neil Druckmann himself. The announcement was made on the Warner Media website, and claims that the series will be made for both "die-hard fans and newcomers".
Neil Druckmann, the creative director behind both the original and The Last of Us Part II earlier this year, will write and produce the adaptation alongside Mazin. The series is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog.
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” says Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. “With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones, Chernobyl), this series is sure to resonate with both die-hard fans of The Last of Us games and newcomers to this genre-defining saga. We’re delighted to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, powerfully immersive story.”
Jeff Frost, the President of Sony Pictures Television Studios added that they were “thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring The Last of Us series to life,”
The Last of Us is based on the events from the first game, charting a treacherous journey across the USA as Joel smuggles an immune 14-year old Ellie to a military group, The Fireflies, in a bid to create a vaccine for the Cordyceps virus.
In a recent live-stream, Troy Baker, the voice actor for Joel, expressed hopes that he’d be cast as an infected in the TV series, and would ultimately “be blown up by Joel.”
Baker discussed the challenges of adapting video game productions to the big screen, describing the Uncharted film, which recently wrapped up filming, as “a possible harbinger of what the HBO show of The Last of Us is gonna be like, which feels like it's definitely in good hands with Craig Mazin,"