It’s official! A The Last of Us live-action adaptation is happening as HBO has given the show a series order.
Working on the adaptation is series creator Neil Druckmann, who’ll be stepping in as both a writer and executive producer. Alongside him will be Chernoybl creator Craig Mazin and Carolyn Strauss who has executive-produced Chernobyl and Game of Thrones.
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” said Francesca Orsi, HBO Programming’s Executive Vice President. “With them at the helm alongside the incomparable Carolyn Strauss, this series is sure to resonate with both die-hard fans of The Last of Us games and newcomers to this genre-defining saga. We’re delighted to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, powerfully immersive story.”
Like the video game, the series will take place in a post-apocalyptic world. The synopsis reads: “Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
There are no other details yet as to which part of the duo’s story will see the live action treatment. There’s no news, too, about casting or a release date. Who are your picks to play Ellie and Joel?
The Last of Us isn’t the only Sony game getting an adaptation. Sony is also in the middle of adapting the Uncharted series, starring Tom Holland, set for 2021.