An unexpected teaser dropped on twitter today. That being the news that The Last Of Us is coming to the small screen as a series on HBO. However, if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, you should know that the transformation will be overseen by a team with a very strong track record. In fact, their successes are so recent that this could be a series like no other.
It certainly has potential, if nothing else at this time.
In the driving seats will be Craig Mazin, the creator of the incredible Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, the vice president of Naughty Dog. So, like I said, the project is in very safe hands. Both parties will share the work involved with writing / producing the show. And by the sounds of it, they’re looking forward to the challenge ahead – even if it is going to come under a lot of scrutiny by fans of the game. If I’m being honest, it’s not a pressure I could handle well.
Once the news had dropped, they had the following to say about one another – statements originally published in The Hollywood Reporter:
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus. Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”
“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.”
Unfortunately, though, no details were provided as to its cast, filming schedule or release date. So, it’s unlikely to be launching anytime soon. Still, with the second game due out within the next year or so (subject to no coronavirus-esque delays), they’ll have plenty of inspiration to keep them writing for sometime yet. Who knows, this could be the next Lost.
— HBO (@HBO) March 5, 2020