The American premium TV network, HBO is developing a series that is based on the popular post-apocalyptic game, The Last of Us. The company revealed yesterday, Thursday, that the adaptation will be led by Craig Mazin, the creator of the HBO series Chernobyl and Neil Druckmann, the original creator of the game.
According to Craig Mazin, “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.”
The game adaptation is expected to recreate and cover events in the original game.
The Last of Us game was first released in 2013, it is a powerful survival horror game with players following the adventure of Joel and Ellie in post-apocalyptic US. Compared to some other survival horror games and movies, The Last of Us game follows a different approach to the apocalypse.
The game uses a mutant Cordyceps fungus as the source of the country’s downfall, rather than the other approach of getting rid of zombies. This resulted in infected humans becoming violent hosts to the fungus, and the non-infected humans coming together to survive. The main similarity between this and many other post-apocalyptic stories is that other humans are the real monsters.
This game is the story of Joel. He lost his family when the infection began 20 years earlier. He then became a smuggler and he was given the job of chaperoning Ellie, a 14 -year-old, to the base of a rebel group we will later know as the Fireflies. Joel gradually learns more about Ellie, learns more about how important she is, and then the game continues to take on a different turn after the other. Sony Pictures and PlayStation production revealed that they’ll be working on the project, making his the first TV series from PlayStation.