The Uncharted movie may be shooting sometime soon, but all attention is about to move to another Naughty Dog property as The Hollywood Reporter has got the exclusive that HBO is developing a new series based on The Last of Us.
Award-winning writer Craig Mazin, whose limited-run series Chernobyl won the Explosion Network award for TV Show of The Year will team up with The Last of Us writer, Neil Druckmann to adapt the series for HBO as a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.
Craig Mazin’s pitch-perfect scripts on Chernybl bodes very well for this adoption and having Druckmann aboard as not only an EP but also a co-writer is sure to get fans in high spirits for this video game adaption.
Mazin had the following to say about the production and Druckmann in the article by THP:
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus. Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honoured to do it in partnership with Neil.”
HBO shared a Tweet following the announcement that simply said:
‘Look for the light. Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann to develop the series adaption of The Last of Us, coming soon to HBO.’
— HBO (@HBO) March 5, 2020
How soon though? HBO has been known to fast track when they want to and could certainly push this through to production quite quickly if production all fall into place with the different departments. A mid-to-late 2021 release date might be possible, but I’d be shocked with something earlier.
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