For its next series, HBO has decided to adapt a multi-award winning game from the video game developer Naughty Dog: The Last of Us. To ensure the success of this project, the American network hired Craig Mazin, who worked on the Chernobyl miniseries, and Neil Druckmann, the creator of The Last of Us.
In a statement released by The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Mazin said: “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.”
As for Neil Druckmann, he said that: “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.”
For those unfamiliar with the videogame world, The Last of Us takes place in a post-apocalyptic universe in which we follow Joel and Ellie as they help each other to survive on their journey across the United States.