Following the success of video game adaptations like The Witcher (Netflix), it seems HBO is following suit, and they’ve snagged possibly one of the biggest franchises of all, and that’s Sony’s The Last of Us! Yes, a The Last of Us series is in the works, people!
The news was broken by The Hollywood Reporter which mentions that it is being developed by Craig Mazin, who’s the creator of the hit show Chernobyl, and by Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann. Per the report, Druckmann, who is the writer and creative director of the franchise, will work with Manzin to write and co-produce the series.
Alongside the duo, Carolyn Strauss will also be an executive producer along with Evan Wells, who’s the head dog (president) of Naughty Dog. This is a joint production between HBO, Sony Pictures Television, and PlayStation Productions.
Here’s what Manzin had to say about Druckmann and The Last of Us franchise:
“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.”
Druckmann also had good things to say about Manzin (naturally):
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.”
No timetable has been set for its release. but I’m hoping it’s soon. It won’t be that soon though as The Last of Us: Part II is still gestating at Naughty Dog for release later this year.
If there’s a video game franchise that fits well to be a series, it’s The Last of Us. Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out like The Walking Dead in terms of pacing and whatnot. Are you excited for this The Last of Us series or do you see it failing like so many other video game adaptations before it?