The acclaimed creator of HBO’s ‘Chenobyl’ series is back to adapt the video game ‘The Last Of Us’ together with the game’s creator, Neil Druckmann in a rare occurrence in adaptations of video games. Together, they will pen and executive produce the game into a series.
President of Naughty Dog, Evan Well, will also be executive producing the series along with Carolyn Strauss. The series is co-produced with Sony Pictures Television and marks their first TV series from a PS game.
The game was launched back in 2013 that focuses on the journey of Joel a smuggler and Ellie, the teenager Joel was smuggling. In the post-apocalypse world, Joel was supposed to take the 14-year-old girl out from an oppressive quarantine zone as his job. But it quickly became a rollercoaster ride for the two of them as they journey across the US and worked together to survive. Ellie could be the key to find the cure for a pandemic that destroyed the world.
Mazin said, “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 honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”
Meanwhile, Druckmann had just the same respect and admiration for the ‘Chernobyl’ director. “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’,” he said.
The game has won the ‘game of the year’ award and was sold 17 million copies around the world counting both the original and remastered version on PS4. There is also a possibility for the show to also adapt the sequel ‘The Last of Us Part II’ which will be launched on May 29 after a delay.