With the Uncharted movie looking like it is finally about to get made, another popular Naughty Dog video game is reportedly heading to television instead. Their 2013 survival horror game The Last of Us takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where an outbreak of a mutant fungus is turning humans into aggressive zombie-like creatures. A smuggler named Joel is tasked with escorting a teenage girl outside of the quarantine zone. A movie adaptation of The Last of Us has supposedly been in the works for years but now it appears that the project is heading to HBO as a TV series with the help of Cherynobyl writer and producer Craig Mazin. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Craig Mazin will team up with Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of The Last of Us, to write and executive produce a TV series based on the game. The plan is to focus on the events of the first game, although they may eventually work their way into The Last of Us: Part II, which is due to be released in May. The project is set up at HBO and is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions. It is the first of what they are hoping will be many TV shows based on Sony video game properties.
Back in 2014, we heard that Sam Raimi was attached to produce a movie based on The Last of Us with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams being eyed for the role of Ellie. That project ultimately ended up in development hell, unfortunately, but perhaps TV is a better medium for this adaptation anyway. Clearly The Walking Dead has proven there is a huge audience for continuing stories set in a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world and Craig Mazin seems like he could bring a bleak, harrowing sensibility to the material. Are you excited to see a TV series based on The Last of Us?