The Last of Us HBO TV Show In Development With Neil Druckmann and Creator of Chernobyl

The Last of Us HBO TV Show In Development With Neil Druckmann and Creator of Chernobyl

HBO and PlayStation Productions believe in the story of Joel and Ellie.

As Uncharted continues its slow march to theaters, another PlayStation property is making the jump to live-action. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Naughty Dog's The Last of Us is being adapted for a series over at HBO. It will be the first television show from PlayStation Productions, a studio meant to adapt PlayStation games to other mediums.

The most interesting aspect of this announcement is the team behind the series. Craig Mazin, creator of the Emmy-award winning Chernobyl, is slated to write and executive produce the series. He will be joined in those roles by The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann, bringing the game and film worlds closer together. Mazin is a long-time game player, and frequently talks about The Last of Us on his weekly screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes.

"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," said Druckmann in a statement. "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."

There is no timetable for release and no mention of HBO Max, WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service. Given that we only have writers and producers on board, there's certainly a long road ahead in terms of making this show a reality. Sources have told IGN that this project is replacing The Last of Us film adaptation announced in 2014.

At the very least, it'll be far after the PlayStation 4 release of The Last of Us Part 2 on May 29, 2020. That release date follows a delay for extra polish. "We simply didn't have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality," Druckmann said late last year. The Last of Us Part 2 is coming in without multiplayer, but the game's combat will still deliver the vulnerable feeling of humans trying to kill you.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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