Neil Druckmann will be teaming up with Craig Mazin to write a series about the 2013 hit videogame 'The Last of Us', as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Together, the duo will write and produce the adaptation. Craig Mazin is the creator behind the critically acclaimed series Chernobyl, which follows the story of the Chernobyl disaster that happened back in April 1986.
The Last of Us, originally released in 2013, tells us the story of a smuggler (Joel) in a post-apocalyptic world, who gets hired to smuggle a teenager (Ellie) across the country as she might be the cure for the pandemic. What at first sight seems like an easy job, turns out being a rather ferocious, heartbreaking journey as the duo has to rely on one another to survive. The series will be adapting the story of the original game with the possibility of being expanded with events based on the upcoming sequel of the game, The Last of Us Part II, which is set to release May 29, 2020.
“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 honoured to do it in partnership with Neil.”
The duo will partner up with Carolyn Strauss and Evan Wells to executive produce the show. Druckmann also shared his excitement about working together with 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.”
Chris Parnell, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios stated that this is only the first of many shows that they are currently intending to develop with their friends over at PlayStation Productions. While not mentioning any other game titles right now, we are interested in seeing what else will receive the TV show treatment.