In March this year, it was announced that it will made a TV series of the popular game series The Last of Us, and now the series has taken a big step towards final realization.
Developer Naughty Dog has in fact announced that the series has received its official green light from HBO, the channel that will produce and show the series.
Neil Druckmann, director and author of both games, will write the script for the TV series with Craig Mazin, the creator and screenwriter behind the HBO series Chernobyl.
Based on the first game
Druckmann and Mazin will also be co-producers of the series with Carolyn Strauss, who has previously had the same role in series such as Game of Thrones and Chernobyl.
The series will thus be based on the story from the games and takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed, where Joel, one of the survivors, must smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of a heavily guarded quarantine zone.
In other words, the TV series is based on the event from the first game, as Ellie is known to be older in the sequel. As Gamer.no reported in August the series will add new elements to the original story, but at the same time reinvent what is already there.
However, the creators of the series bet that the HBO series will be well received among connoisseurs of the games.
– Craig and Neil are visionaries who are in a league of their own. With them behind the wheel alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series is guaranteed to appeal to both the hard core of The Last of Us fans and newcomers to this genre-defining saga, said HBO Programming’s Deputy Chief Francesca Orsi in the press release.