HBO has decided to order an entire series of the television adaptation of action-adventure video game The Last of Us as opposed to just a pilot episode, it has been announced.
On Friday, HBO released a statement outlining that the upcoming series is being co-written by Neil Druckmann – who wrote the original video game and co-wrote its 2020 sequel – alongside Craig Mazin, the creator of HBO historical series Chernobyl.
Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, described Neil and Craig as ‘visionaries in a league of their own’.
‘With them at the helm alongside the incomparable [executive producer] 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,’ she said.
The TV adaptation of the 2013 video game is being created in partnership with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation.
As with the game, the TV series is set in a post-apocalyptic world, 20 years after society has been decimated.
A man called Joel is tasked with helping a teenage girl, called Ellie, to travel across the United States, the pair facing perilous conditions in their bid for survival.
‘We’re thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring The Last of Us series to life, said Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios and Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions.
‘PlayStation’s innovative storytelling and ingenuity is a natural complement to SPT’s creative focus.’
There’s no word yet on who will be cast in the show, although some social media users have suggested actors Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Josh Brolin and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for the role of Joel and Kaitlyn Dever, Sadie Sink, Maisie Williams and Sophie Lillis for the part of Ellie.
Several fans of The Last of Us video game expressed their excitement over the upcoming TV adaptation.
‘Amazing!! Honestly HBO are the only television network I trust for any kind of television adaption so fingers crossed this will be good,’ another fan wrote.
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