HBO has given an order to The last of us, the customization of the PlayStation video game, from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, creator of the game Neil Druckmann and Game of Thrones exec producer Carolyn Strauss.
The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in collaboration with PlayStation Productions, Word Games and Naughty Dog. The network did not reveal how many episodes have been ordered.
The last of us is an action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and released via Sony PlayStation in 2013. The series takes place 20 years after modern civilization was destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both have to cross the United States and depend on each other to survive.
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The Last of Us Part II, the sequel to the video game, was released this year.
The series is written by Mazin and Druckmann, and the couple exec co-produce with Strauss, Naughty Dogs Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
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“Craig and Neil are visionaries in their own league,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP HBO Programming. “With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series will surely resonate with both the die-hard fans of The last of us games and newcomers in this genre-defining saga. We’re excited to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, immersive story. ”
Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions, said: “We are excited to work with HBO and this amazing creative team to bring The last of us series to life, ”PlayStation’s innovative storytelling and ingenuity is a natural complement to SPT’s creative focus. Our collaboration is a great example of our ‘One Sony’ philosophy in the workplace. We look forward to developing even more iconic game IP in the future. ”