As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin is teaming with “The Last of Us” video game writer Neil Druckmann to create a television series based on the award winning game.
The survival horror game told the epic post-apocalyptic story of a smugger named Joel, who is tasked with escorting a young teenage girl named Ellie across America. It’s an adaptation that fans of the game have been craving, and now the excitement will build as to who will be cast as the two leads.
Mazin will co-write alongside Druckmann who will also serve as an execuctive producer, in what is being described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a rare development in the world of video game adaptations.” Naughty Dog president Evan Wells is also set to serve as executive producer, alongside Carolyn Strauss.
Mazin had a lot of success with his limited series “Chernobyl” for HBO, which won numerous Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe for Best Limited Series.
The Hollywood Reporter published the following quote from Mazin:
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus,” Mazin said Thursday in a statement. “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.”
The success of “The Last of Us” was huge, having won numerous game of the year accolades, as well as praise for its voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson. A sequel of the PlayStation-exclusive is set to be released in May.
The series will follow the same events as the game, as well as “the possibility of additional content based on the forthcoming game sequel.” It’s encouraging for fans of “The Last of Us” universe that the game developers are working so closely on the project to ensure they create a successful adaptation. There have been heavy criticisms in recent years over the quality of video game adaptations, but those involved on this project will be feeling confident that this could become the most successful one to date. The decision to create a series rather than a film allows more time for the story to develop, rather than cramming it into a two hour feature.
Casting news will be expected in the coming months. There is no time frame as of yet for a release date.