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The Last of Us series announced to be in the works by HBO

Talk of a film adaptation of The Last of Us has been ongoing for years now, ever since March 2014, when Sam Raimi was announced to be producing the adaptation. Since then, the film has gone through script rewrites, a shift in focus, and creative disputes, amongst a litany of other complications. Finally, 5 years later, the adaptation of The Last of Us has been revived – this time in TV form.

Set to be released by HBO and headed by Craig Mazin, the Creator, Executive Producer and Writer of the multi-award winning TV miniseries ‘Chernobyl’, The Last of Us adaptation will also see Neil Druckmann – the Creative Director and Writer of the game – involved as writer and Executive Producer of the series. The Last of Us’ adaptation will serve as the first television series to come from the recently formed PlayStation Productions.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Mazin stated that “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.”

Neil meanwhile, claimed that “[f]rom 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”. According to Druckmann, “[w]ith 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.”

HBO’s programming president, Casey Bloys called the collaboration “an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to partner with Craig, Neil, Carolyn and the teams at Sony, Naughty Dog and PlayStation to bring the virtual world of this acclaimed game to life”. HBO is best known for the TV shows Game of Thrones, The Wire, Westworld, and most recently Watchmen. The television network has garnered a reputation for producing film-quality shows with equally impressive budgets.

Video games are longer experiences and so are more suited to TV adaptations as opposed to films, especially with a game as nuanced and well revered as The Last of Us. It would seem as if all the stars have aligned for an adaptation that could be as well received as the game itself. Only time will tell.

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