Back in the dim and distant past of 2013, games company Naughty Dog released a new action-adventure game for PlayStation – The Last Of Us. Now HBO has commissioned a series based on the hugely popular award-winning game, TV Line reports.
The game is set 20 years after the fungus cordyceps (a rather nightmarish real fungus which infects insects and does some pretty bizarre things to them) has mutated to infect humans. Civilisation has collapsed, leaving the survivors to battle infected humans, military enforcers and bands of cannibalistic bandits.
Joel, who loses his daughter in the game’s opening sequence, has survived the last 20 years by doing whatever he had to. He winds up being hired to smuggle a young girl, Ellie, out of the dangerous military-run city quarantine zone they live in and get her to a radical group, The Fireflies. Outside the zone, things are even more dangerous. The game follows Joel and Ellie’s journey as they survive and grow by sticking together and relying totally on each other.
The game won several honours in 2013, including Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing at the Writers Guild Of America Awards.
The sequel, The Last Of Us Part II, was released earlier this year for Playstation 4.
Game creator Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will be heading the project, along with Game Of Thrones executive producer Carolyn Strauss. Druckmann and Mazin will write, and executive produce alongside Strauss, Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of Programming at HBO, said, “Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own. 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.”
Orsi continued, “We’re delighted to partner with Naughty Dog, Word Games, Sony and PlayStation to adapt this epic, powerfully immersive story.”
Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Asad Qizilbash, Head of PlayStation Productions, said in a statement, “We’re thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring The Last Of Us series to life.”
Currently no details of series length or release dates have been provided.
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