The critically acclaimed PlayStation game, The Last of Us, is being adapted for television.
The Last of Us is an action survival horror game that was published for the Sony PlayStation 3 back in 2013.
In the game, you primarily play as Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie, across the post-apocalyptic United States. The future has left the United States ravaged as a mutated strain of fungus has mutated people into a form of zombie.
Using improvised weapons and scavaged materials, you must defend Ellie from other human survivors as well as the cannibalistic creatures.
The game was a huge success scoring 95% on Metacritic and a year later, Sony bought the game to PlayStation 4 with a remastered edition. A sequel, The Last of Us: Part II is set for release in May.
I can’t stress enough how good this game is, I bought it for my PlayStation 3 and completed it and then played through again on the remastered edition last year when it was made free to PlayStation Plus members.
Maisie Williams was strongly rumoured to play Ellie in the aborted film adaptation.
Originally the game was going to become a film with Sony registering the domain names TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net back in late 2013.
However, by 2017, the project that was to be produced by Sam Raimi with a screenplay by Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, the Creative Director for the game, fell apart. There was even strong talk of the character of Ellie being played by Game of Thrones star, Maisie Williams.
Now HBO is looking to adapt the video game into a television series with Craig Mazin, the creator of the critically-acclaimed Chernobyl limited series, and Neil Druckmann who will once again write and also executive produce the series.
The series is primarily based on the original game although the production team hasn’t ruled out using elements from the upcoming sequel.
Druckmann said, “From the first time I sat down to talk with Craig I was equally blown away by his approach to narrative and his love and deep understanding of The Last of Us. With Chernobyl, Craig and HBO created a tense, harrowing, emotional masterpiece. I couldn’t think of better partners to bring the story of The Last of Us to life as a television show.”
No director is yet attached nor have they specified any time-frame. We’ll bring you more information as we hear it.