HBO to produce TV series based on the apocalyptic video game The Last of Us
A television adaptation of the best-selling video game The Last of Us is being worked on by HBO. The adaptation will be written by Craig Mazin, the creator of the acclaimed television series Chernobyl, along with Neil Druckmann, the game's creative director and its upcoming sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series will follow the events of the original game, which takes place in an America devastated by a deadly parasite fungus that transforms infected victims into monsters.
All the action follows aging survivor Joel, who is hired to transport the supposedly immune teenage Ellie out of a quarantine zone and across the country to a laboratory where a cure can be developed. Lauded for its dark and violent narrative, the game was a huge hit on PlayStation, with a sequel planned for May.
The series will be co-produced by PlayStation Productions, a new division created by Sony last year to produce movies and TV series based on games.
"This is the first of many programs we intend to develop with our friends at PlayStation Productions," Chris Parnell, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Television Studios, told the Hollywood Reporter. "The Last of Us is a brilliant achievement in storytelling and character development, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this team to adapt it".
The ad follows the success of The Witcher on Netflix. The television series was based on the novels of the same name, but was heavily influenced by the successful adaptation of a video game.
We are seeing a growing interest in bringing video games to television. Microsoft is working with Showtime on a Halo television series, while French game publisher Ubisoft is considering moving several of its successful franchises to the small screen, including the futuristic cyber-terrorist Watch Dogs.
Inexplorable, another game from The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog, is being translated into a movie, scheduled for release in January.