The post-apocalyptic world of Joel and Ellie is officially coming to the small screen, as HBO has officially given the greenlight to “The Last of Us” and giving the survival horror title a TV series order.
The news come from The Hollywood Reporter, and sees Chernobyl TV Series creator Craig Mazin executive producing the series along with Naughty Dog VP and TLOU director Neil Druckmann.
Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, expressed her excitement about the project and promised that fans would not be disappointed with the adaptation.
“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” said Orsi. “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.”
Based on the popular Naughty Dog series of the same name, The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a fictional Cordyceps virus has ravaged humanity, turning its victims into fungal zombie like creatures. 20 years after the outbreak, a smuggler named Joel is tasked with taking a young girl named Ellie from one safe zone to another — as she holds the key to possibly eliminating the virus once and for all. Their journey is a perilous one filled with dangers and adversity, forcing the unlikely duo to rely on each other for survival.
No release date or other details have been given for The Last of Us TV Series, but work on the show has begun and expect more details to be released soon.
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