In March, the HBO channel (Game of Thrones) announced the exclusive development of a television series based on the successful video game The Last of Us, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television. Eight months later, a press release arrives confirming that the series has received the green light: production officially begins, in the hands of film scriptwriter Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and the creative director and original screenwriter, Neil Druckmann.
More specifically, Mazin and Druckmann will not only handle the script, but will also join Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Evan Wells of Naughty Dog, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions as executive producers. Francesca Orsi, vice president of HBO Programming, says the series will appeal to both fans of the game and those discovering its post-apocalyptic world for the first time.
As we knew, the series will be a faithful adaptation of the events in the original game, where Joel tries to get the young and inexperienced Ellie out of a quarantine zone. Composer Gustavo Santaolalla will lend his music to the duo of survivors once again, while Mazin will take advantage of the occasion to add a scene that was once removed from the game to surprise the most enthusiastic audience.
In the video games, PS4 received with The Last of Us 2 a generational highlight, but also leaves Naughty Dog without clear projects on the horizon. It will probably take some time before we know their next video game.