HBO will be adapting the popular video game The Last of Us into a TV series with Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the game’s creative director.
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium,” Craig Mazin said in a statement, “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.”
Druckmann likewise released an equally effusive statement about the opportunity to work with Mazin, saying:
“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 game has won many ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold more than 17 million copies across both its original release on the PlayStation 3 and a remastered PlayStation 4 version.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world and centers on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler, and Ellie, a 14 year-old girl who may be key to a cure for the deadly pandemic.
Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine zone. However, what begins as a small job soon becomes a brutal journey, as they both must fight their way across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
According to THR, 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, which will release on May 29, 2020.