director Neil Druckmann will team up with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin on a television adaptation of The Last of Us for HBO.According to THR, Druckmann will be involved in the creation of the HBO The Last of Us series. This is a rarity for video game adaptations as the game creators aren’t usually directly involved with the adaptation process of their games. Druckmann and Mazin will write and adapt.
Naughty Dog president Evan Wells will serve as executive producer alongside Carolyn Strauss. Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions will co-produce the series for the cable network. Sources told IGN the HBO series will replace the previously announced The Last of Us movie adaptation.
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Mazin is best known for creating 2019’s award-winning series Chernobyl about the nuclear disaster in Ukraine. Mazin is reportedly a fan of video games and has called Druckmann “without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, 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.”Drukmann also commented on the project 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.”
Druckmann confirmed the news in a Tweet.
Ellie and Joel are heading to HBO! But first… we got a little game to finish! https://t.co/eMIy5gmUiw
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) March 5, 2020
The Last of Us was released first on PlayStation 3 in 2013, with a PlayStation 4 remaster following soon after. Naughty Dog is currently developing The Last of Us Part 2 for the PlayStation 4, which is set to release later this year.IGN is reaching out to HBO to learn further details about the project.
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