The Last of Us is getting a TV series on HBO

Just over a week ago, the network made the announcement of the project on Twitter: “Look for the light. @clmazin and @Neil_Druckmann to develop the series adaptation of #TheLastOfUs, coming soon to HBO.”


Photo courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment, taken from PlayStation Store

HBO has officially announced a new TV series adaptation based on Naughty Dog’s critically-acclaimed PlayStation game, The Last of Us.

The game is an action-adventure third-person shooter that features elements of survival horror and stealth. The series is said to be focusing on the events of the original game, with the possibility of it focusing on the events of the upcoming Last of Us Part II as well.

The story follows two characters, Joel and young Ellie, surviving in a post-apocalyptic America filled with abandoned cities and a plague wiping out the population.

Since its debut in 2013, The Last of Us has become of the most celebrated and critically-acclaimed PlayStation games ever as it has sold over 17 million copies and has won over 200 awards for game of the year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is currently being developed by Naughty Dog CEO and Last of Us writer Neil Druckmann as well as creator of HBO’s Chernobyl, Craig Mazin.

In a statement, co-president of Sony Television Studios, Chris Parnell, had expressed his excitement about working on the new and upcoming adaptation.

“This is the first of many shows we intend to develop with our friends at PlayStation Productions,” co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios Chris Parnell said. “The Last of Us is a brilliant achievement in storytelling and character development, and we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with this team to adapt it.”

As for the games themselves, Part II will be releasing exclusively on PS4 May 29, while the definitive Last of Us Remastered is also currently available on PS4 for $20.