‘Chernobyl’ Creator Adapting ‘The Last of Us’ for HBO

The Last of Us, the hit 2013 PlayStation video game, is becoming an HBO series.

Craig Mazin, creator of Chernobyl, is working with Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the game, on the upcoming series. THR had the scoop, and additionally says Carolyn Strauss, one of the executive producers of Game of Thrones, will executive produce.

The game was a “tale of the post-apocalypse centered on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be a key to a cure for the deadly pandemic…Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the 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.”

A film adaptation has been in the works since 2014. ScreenGems was originally tackling the project and had Druckmann writing and Sam Raimi producing. However, by 2016 the film had fallen into development hell.

On the news, 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.”

Druckmann had equally nice things to say about Mazin:

“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.”

Druckmann also announced on his Twitter that composer Gustavo Santaolalla has been brought aboard to bring his signature theme to the HBO adaptation. It is sounding like all the right pieces have fallen into place and The Last of Us will finally get a worthwhile adaptation.


Have you played The Last of Us? What did you think? Are you excited to see it come to life on the small screen?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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