Nearly every gamer has wished or hoped for a video game crossover with film or television. One game that often comes up in such discussions is PlayStation and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us – which was getting a silver screen adaptation, but given the track record of the Uncharted film who knows if was ever going to see the light of day.
However, that matters not, as the film has reportedly been cancelled to make way for a The Last of Us TV series, which will be co-produced by HBO, Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions. Perhaps what makes this news even more exciting is that the adaptation will be written by Chernobyl creator and writer Craig Mazin, as well as Naughty Dog icon Neil Druckmann. The show will centre on the events of the original game.
For those that have not seen the award-winning Chernobyl series, please do so, it is fantastic and incredibly well-written. In fact, it is one of the reasons that Druckmann is excited to work with Mazin:
From the first time I sat down to talk with Craig I was equally blown away by his approach to narrative and his love and deep understanding of The Last of Us. With Chernobyl, Craig and HBO created a tense, harrowing, emotional masterpiece. I couldn’t think of better partners to bring the story of The Last of Us to life as a television show.
The only other details that have been revealed are that Naughty Dog president Evan Wells and HBO’s Carolyn Strauss will be executive producers on the show.
With the popularity of Netflix’s recent The Witcher TV series, it’s not surprising to see more video games make their way to the small screen.
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