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HBO Gives The Last Of Us Adaptation A Series Order

November 20, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Last of Us Series Image Credit: HBO

The Last Of Us is officially headed to live action, as HBO has given an adaptation of the hit video game a series order. HBO announced on Friday that the series, which will have the same name as the franchise, will be written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Last of Us franchise creative director Neil Druckmann. Druckmann, Mazin, and Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones will executive produce alongside Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.

The Last of Us has been a critical and commercial hit since its release in 2014, earning near-universal acclaim and selling over 20 million copies. The sequel, The Last of Us Part II, was also praised by critics (albeit somewhat less so) and is one of the best-selling games of 2020. It also earned eleven nominations this week for The Game Awards to top the nominees list.

“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” said Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. “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.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring ‘The Last of Us’ series to life,” said Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios and Asad Qizilbash, Head of PlayStation Productions. “PlayStation’s innovative storytelling and ingenuity is a natural complement to SPT’s creative focus. Our collaboration is a great example of our ‘One Sony’ philosophy at work. We look forward to developing even more iconic game IP in the future.”

The series will be available on HBO and HBO Max is described as follows:

Based on the critically acclaimed video game “The Last of Us,” developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation® platforms, the story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-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.