From the movie to the TV. After spending years developing hell, direct adaptation to the “Survival” horror video game The Last of Us now works for HBO as a series, with author Chernobyl Craig Mazin and director and co-author The Last of Us Neal Druckmann set the script together. Mazen and Druckman will also act as executive producers in The Last of Us HBO series, alongside former HBO chief Caroline Strauss, and chief developer of The Last of Us Naughty Dog, president Evan Wells. Last of Us series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television in cooperation with PlayStation Productions, making it the first TV show from the last.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to talk about the new development of on-screen adjustment to our last, accompanied by statements from all concerned who made it official. According to THR, The Last of Us HBO series will cover “The Original Game Events, […] with the possibility of additional content based on” The Last of Us Part II, a supplement that occurs five years after the original events. Druckmann is also co-director and co-writer for The Last of Us Part II, which releases on May 29 on PS4 worldwide.
Sony first announced the movie The Last of Us in March 2014, with director Spider-Man Sam Raimi as producer, and writer Druckmann. Although he submitted two drafts of the text, the project stopped shortly after. Druckmann admitted in April 2016 that he had fallen into hell of development, and Raimi said in November 2016 that he was at odds with Sony Druckmann. Hopefully, it won’t happen again with the HBO series.
“Neil Drakman is undoubtedly the best novelist working in the midst of video games, and others of us are his great composer,” Mazen said in a prepared statement. “Having a chance to adapt this amazing artwork has been a dream for years, and I am very honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”
“From the first time I sat to talk to Craig, I was astonished by his handling of the narration, his love, and his deep understanding of another of us,” Druckman said. With Chernobyl, Craig and HBO created a tense and emotional masterpiece. I couldn’t think of better partners to revive the “Another Us” story as a TV show. I am very excited to cooperate with them. “