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PlayStation hit ‘The Last of Us’ TV adaptation coming to HBO

/ 03:11 PM March 06, 2020
The Last of Us

Portrait of Ellie and Joel from “The Last of Us” (Image: Facebook/@naughtydog)

Fans will be seeing the tandem of Joel and Ellie once more, but not just through the soon-to-be-released game sequel—a television adaptation of the critically acclaimed PlayStation hit “The Last of Us” is now in the works on HBO.

Game studio Naughty Dog, the developer of the multi-awarded action-adventure horror game, broke the news to fans via Twitter earlier today, March 6.

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“The Last of Us” director Neil Druckmann and studio president Evan Wells will serve as executive producers, with Druckmann also co-writing the script. The creator of the award-winning series “Chernobyl,” Craig Mazin, will also be at the helm, creating an impressive lineup for the adaptation of the 2013 Game of the Year titleholder.

“I can’t believe we get to team up with one of my favorite writers to bring Ellie and Joel’s journey to HBO,” Druckmann said on Twitter also today.

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The announcement comes just as the highly anticipated sequel, “The Last of Us 2,” nears its release for PlayStation 4 this May.

The series will also be co-produced by Sony Pictures Televisions in association with PlayStation Productions, as per The Hollywood Reporter earlier today. The adaptation will be the first TV series from PlayStation Productions.

The HBO series will reportedly cover the events of the 2013 game, which saw the journey of Joel and Ellie in a post-apocalyptic world brought about by the cordyceps brain infection, which turned humans into zombie-like cannibals.

The game was initially released for PlayStation 3 in 2013 and remastered for the PlayStation 4 around a year later. It has since sold over 17 million copies worldwide and been bestowed multiple awards, such as the BAFTA Games Award for Story.  /ra

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