As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a live-action adaptation of The Last of Us is in the works.
The series will be produced by HBO, so you know it’s going to have some money thrown at it. The series will see Craig Mazin of Chernobyl fame teaming up with HBO.
TLoU writer and creative director Neil Druckmann will also work alongside Mazin as executive producer. Carolyn Strauss, president of Naughty Dog, will serve as a second executive producer.
The series will also be a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and in association with PlayStation Productions. That also means that The Last of Us will be PlayStation Productions’ first tv series.
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Mazin spoke to THR, saying:
“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. ‘m so honoured to do it in partnership with Neil”.
In a statement, Druckmann said:
“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.
With Chernobyl, Craig and HBO created a tense, harrowing, emotional masterpiece. I couldn’t think of better partners to bring the story of The Last of Us to life”.
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HBO programming president Casey Bloys added:
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to partner with Craig, Neil, Carolyn and the teams at Sony, Naughty Dog and PlayStation to bring the virtual world of this acclaimed game to life”.
Whilst Chris Parnell, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios, added:
“This is the first of many shows we intend to develop with our friends at PlayStation Productions.
The Last of Us is a brilliant achievement in storytelling and character development. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with this team to adapt it”.
No news yet on when the series will debut, or who will fill the lead roles. Twitter has gone crazy with suggestions, including Nikolaj CosterWaldau and Kaitlyn Dever.
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