Craig Mazin, creator of the hit series Chernobyl, will be working with HBO to adapt Sony’s popular survival action title The Last of Us into a series. He’ll be joined by Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director from developer Naughty Dog that worked on the game. This rare team-up with the game’s actual writer should hopefully ensure that HBO has a home run on its hands.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, 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 added, “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.”
The series will be a co-production between HBO and Sony Pictures Television with PlayStation Productions lending the brand. Carolyn Strauss, an executive producer at HBO, will be executive producing the show alongside Evan Wells, president of Naughty Dog. The show will be the first television venture for PlayStation Productions.
Co-president of Sony Pictures Television Chris Parnell said, “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, and we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with this team to adapt it.”