Craig Mazin, who created the Chernobyl series, is set to team up with Neil Druckmann to adapt Sony & Naughty Dog’s 2013’s video game The Last Of Us into a TV series. THR share.
Druckmann, writer and creative director of the hit game, will co-write & executive produce alongside Mazin for the HBO series.
Carolyn Strauss & Evan Wells (President of Naughty Dog) will also executive produce the series.
Launched in 2013, Sony and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us garnered critical praise for its engrossing tale of the postapocalypse, centering on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be key to a cure for the deadly pandemic.
Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival. The HBO series will cover the events of the original game, which was written by Druckmann, with the possibility of additional content based on the forthcoming game sequel, The Last of Us Part II, which will release on May 29, 2020.
The project is a co-production with Sony Pictures in association with PlayStation Productions.