The Last Of Us is already two acclaimed video games across multiple console generations. It’s now about to be a TV series as well. Naturally, there had been been plenty of talk about a film or TV adaptation for years since the games are so cinematic, and after perhaps waiting longer than expected considering the popularity of the series, HBO have picked up the rights and announced a TV adaptation.
Importantly, the network has brought along one of the game’s key creators for the show. Neil Druckmann, a creator and writer for both The Last Of Us and the Uncharted series, will work on the series as a writer and executive producer.
Even better, he will work alongside Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and partner Carolyn Strauss, whose show was arguably the biggest TV hit of last year.
And on top of that, Naughty Dog, the studio behind the video game series, are partnering with HBO to develop the show. Rarely does a video game studio get heavily involved with an adaptation of one of its titles, but perhaps that’s a nod from HBO to how special the games are to so many people, and how they want to get this adaptation right at all costs.
Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming, said in a statement:
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own. With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series is sure to resonate with both die-hard fans of The Last Of Us games and newcomers to this genre-defining saga. We’re delighted to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, powerfully immersive story”.
Video game adaptations don’t have the greatest track record on the silver screen, bu they haven’t been adapted to TV that much, so this is a fresh canvas to potentially paint a new masterpiece. We’ve got a long time to wait until The Last Of Us series arrives, but it will be exciting to see watch how one of the most acclaimed games of all time adapts to a new medium.