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The Last of Us videogame being adapted for HBO by Craig Mazin

The Last of Us

Story by Jack Foley

THE Last of Us, the massive Sony PlayStation video game franchise, is being adapted for HBO by Craig Mazin, the creator of the acclaimed limited series Chernobyl.

Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the game itself, is also involved in the series and will work with Mazin to pen and executive produce.

Launched in 2013, Sony and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us attracted widespread critical acclaim for its engrossing tale of the post-apocalypse, focusing on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be key to finding a cure for the deadly pandemic.

Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. But what starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heart-breaking journey, as they both must traverse across the US and depend on each other for survival.

The HBO series will cover the events of the original game, which was written by Druckmann, with the possibility of additional content based on the forthcoming game sequel, The Last of Us Part II, which is due for release on May 29, 2020.

Mazin commented: “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 breath-taking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honoured to do it in partnership with Neil.”

Druckmann added in a statement: “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 as a television show.”

HBO programming president Casey Bloys, also commented: “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.”

In game form, The Last of Us won numerous ‘game of the year’ awards and went on to sell more than 17 million copies across both its original release on the PlayStation 3 and a re-mastered version on PlayStation 4.

The show will mark the first television series from PlayStation Productions.