The adaptation of the “The Last of Us” series is officially the green light on HBO.
The project was first announced as being under development at the premium cable back in March. Based on the video game of the same name, the series takes place twenty 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.
“Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin is involved in writing and performing the production of the series with Neil Druckmann, the author and creative director of the game. Carolyn Strauss will also be executive producing alongside Evan Wells, president of game development studio Naughty Dog. PlayStation Productions̵
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in their own league,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming. With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series will surely resonate with both die-hard fans of ‘The Last of Us’ games and newcomers to this genre-defining saga. We’re excited to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, immersive story. ”
“The Last of Us” was originally released in 2013 to strong critical acclaim from both industry critics and fans. Last year, it was reported that the game has sold a total of more than 20 million copies in addition to having won several awards. “The Last of Us Part II” was released in June.
“We’ve excited to work with HBO and this amazing creative team to bring ‘The Last of Us’ series to life,” said Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios and Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions. “Innovative storytelling and ingenuity are 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 gaming IP in the future.”
The show marks Mazin’s first television project since “Chernobyl”, the critically acclaimed limited series that detailed the aftermath of the Soviet nuclear disaster in 1986. The show won two Golden Globes and 10 Emmy Awards last year.