The Last of Us Series Coming to HBO

HBO has announced a series adaption of The Last of Us is in the making. Neil Druckmann, the creative director of the games at Naughty Dog, is teaming up with Craig Mazin, the creator of the miniseries Chernobyl, to adapt the PlayStation exclusive to the small screen. PlayStation's production studio and Sony Pictures Television will also be attached to the project.

Joel and Ellie from the first The Last of Us (Credit: Naughty Dog)

The Last of Us is getting a small screen adaption from HBO, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Creative director of the original game and its upcoming sequel, Neil Druckmann, and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will write the show together.

Game of Thrones and Chernobyl producer Carolyn Strauss will be executive producer of the series. Also producing comes from the president of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells. The show will be a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and will mark the first series under PlayStation Productions.

The story of the upcoming series will go over the events of the 2013 game. The possibility of the sequel getting explored in a future season is open.

Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic drama was originally getting the big-screen treatment. After two years of development hell and HBO picking up the series, it may stick to the small screen. Druckmann spoke about his thoughts on the film and got to the point of not wanting it to release anyways.

“I worked on the script for The Last of Us film, which was a direct adaptation. And now, having some separation from it, I look back and [am] like, ‘I don’t want that movie to be made.'”

The Last of Us - Story Trailer

As Naughty Dog prepares the arrival of The Last of Us 2 on May 29 and the show getting announced today (March 5), it will be a while before we see anything on it.