This is huge news for PlayStation fans, and even bigger news for TLoU fans (seriously, holy sh*t). For the first time in history, we are excited about the prospect of a video game coming to live-action, and HBO is just the network to do this right. Here’s the full story:
Early afternoon Thursday, THR broke the news that Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and that original The Last of Us writer Neil Druckmann were teaming together to pen a series for HBO based on the acclaimed game, and between the two of them, that is a lot of acclaim. President of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells will also be involved as an executive producer.
The series is a co-production between PlayStation and Sony Pictures Television, making The Last of Us the first series under PlayStation Productions.
Mazin had this to say about working with Druckmann in a recent statement:
“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 was quick to reply with praise and excitement of his own towards working 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.“
Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions have a handful of projections in the works, so do not be surprised if more of your beloved video game franchises are announced as upcoming live-action series franchises soon as well.
Seriously, we can’t express how excited we are for the news that TLoU is going to HBO with this talented team of writers. Sure, The Last of Us was excellent as a game and had the story and cinematics of a series already, so we are really curious to see how a TV show could improve over the 2013 video game of the same name, but we are looking forward to seeing how it turns out.