As gamers worldwide wait with bated breath for the highly-anticipated sequel to acclaimed game The Last Of Us, which arrives in May, there’s finally some concrete news on a screen adaptation of the series.
THR reports that a Last Of Us series is in the works at HBO with Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann, who worked on both The Last Of Us and Uncharted, at the helm.
It was previously understood that a film adaptation was in the works, but that looks to have changed. If this moves ahead, it will be the first television series from Playstation Productions.
Druckmann’s involvement should be music to the ears of video game fans. Rarely do writers that actually worked on the game get to help with the screen adaptation, even though it makes sense that they would. Plus, Chernobyl was highly acclaimed and has some similarities to the game, so Mazin’s involvement is another huge plus.
Mazin said of the project: “Neil Druckmann is 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 honoured to do it in partnership with Neil”.
Chris Parnell, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, added that The Last Of Us will be “the first of many shows [they] intend to develop with our friends at PlayStation Productions”.
The show is expected to cover the events of the original game, but also possibly portions of the upcoming sequel. Obviously this announcement is strategically timed considering the imminent sequel, but hopefully this is indeed moving ahead smoothly. It will be fascinating to see what a TV adaptation of one of the most acclaimed games of all time will look like.