Earlier this year it was announced that the hit zombie game “The Last of Us” may be getting a series adaptation. It’s officially happening! HBO has ordered the series with the game’s creator and writer Neil Druckmann co-writing and producing with the first season covering the first game of the franchise.
Variety is reporting that “The series 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.”
Craig Mazin (“Chernobyl”) is developing and executive producing the series for HBO and will be co-writing along with Druckmann.
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, states. “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.”
Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, and Word Games will produce.