We knew it was a rather likely thing, but HBO has just OFFICIALLY greenlit a live-action tv series based on the extremely popular (for good reason!) video game franchise from Naughty Dog- “The Last of Us.”
What we know about the series so far is that Craig Mazin (creator of hit HBO limited series “Chernobyl”) will write and executive produce, along with the writer and creative director of “The Last of Us” video games, Neil Druckmann.
Executive Vice President of HBO Programming Francesca Orsi said of the news:
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own. 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.”
President of Sony Pictures Television Studios and Qizilbash, Head of PlayStation Productions Jeff Frost said:
“We’re thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring ‘The Last of Us’ series to life,” said Jeff Frost, “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.”
PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog will produce. This will actually be the first television series from PlayStation Productions, so it’ll be interesting to see possible additional things if “The Last of Us” is successful as a tv series.
Carolyn Strauss will executive produce along with President of Naughty Dog Evan Wells.
No word on episode count or possible multi-season pick up yet, or casting for that matter, but we do know the series will follow the first game title released in 2013.
We’ll let you know what we hear.