HBO is giving a series order for an adaptation of the critically acclaimed video game The Last of Us, which is widely regarded as one of the best video game narratives of all time.
Criag Mazin, who created the HBO limited series Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, the creative director of the game, will write and serve as executive producers on the series, HBO said.
The synopsis provided by HBO describes the first game in the series, which takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed and follows Joel, a hardened survivor, who is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone.
Though the story takes place in a postapocalyptic world ravaged by a pandemic, The Last of Us Part II, which was released over the summer, was one of the bestselling games of the year.
The network did not announce how many episodes of the show will be made or when it will be released.
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, in a statement. “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.
20 million. That’s how many copies The Last of Us has sold globally.
Developed by Naughty Dog as a Sony PlayStation exclusive, The Last Of Us was originally released in 2013 to critical acclaim and a litany of industry awards. Fans and critics praised the game’s compelling and emotionally stirring storytelling, as well as the relationship between its main characters. The Last of Us Part II was nominated this week for game of the year at the 2020 Game Awards.