HBO is trying their hand at video games adaptations. HBO has greenlit at series adaptation of the smash-hit video game ‘The Last of Us.’
The premium cable service has picked up the drama that’s based on the wildly popular video game.
The series plot line follows a similar storyline as the first Last of Us game. The series takes place twenty years after a virus destroys most of civilization.
The storyline will center on Joel, a survivor of the apocalypse, who is tasked with smuggling a 14 year old girl named Ellie across what’s left of the United States.
Craig Mazin, the brains behind HBO’s critically acclaimed series, ‘Chernobyl’, is teaming up with the games writer and creative director, Neil Druckmann for the series.
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” said HBO’s Programming Executive VP Francesca Orsi. “With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series is sure to resonate with both die-hard fans of The Last of Us games and newcomers to this genre-defining saga. We’re delighted to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, powerfully immersive story.”
According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, HBO and Sony Pictures TV are producing the upcoming series along with Playstation Productions, Word Games and the game developer, Naughty Dog.
Naughty Dog company is also behind the Uncharted franchise, which is slated for a movie release date in July 2021.
The Last of us Part I graced the video game industry in June 2013 and became a pop culture icon since its creation, receiving high praise from multiple media outlets.
The Last of Us Part II was released for exclusively for the Playstation 4 on June 19, 2020 and since its release, the last of Us fandom have been hooked.
Jeff Frost, who currently serves as the head of Sony Pictures TV Studios, and Playstation Productions head, Asad Qizilbash both spoke about the upcoming series.
“We’re thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring The Last of Us series to life,” both said in a joint statement to the Hollywood reporter. “PlayStation’s innovative storytelling and ingenuity is a natural complement to SPT’s creative focus. Our collaboration is a great example of our ‘One Sony’ philosophy at work. We look forward to developing even more iconic game IP in the future.”
HBO’s upcoming “Last of Us” series will be the first television series from Playstation Productions.