The Last of Us TV series in development at HBO

While gamers across the world eagerly await the release of The Last of Us Part II on May 29, 2020, the folks at PlayStation and developer Naughty Dog announced that a TV series based on The Last of Us franchise is in the works.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Last of Us is being developed as an HBO series and will be adapted by Craig Mazin, the mastermind behind the HBO hit, Chernobyl. Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of The Last of Us franchise will be involved and assist Mazin in adapting the game.

The TV series will follow the original post-apocalyptic storyline of the game which followed Joel, a smuggler for hire, who is tasked with transporting Ellie, a 14-year old girl with an immunity to a deadly virus, out of a quarantined zone and to scientists who believe she is the key to a cure. The series might also dip into some of the storylines featured in The Last of Us Part II.

“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus,” Mazin, who is an avid gamer and host of the podcast Scriptnotes, told The Hollywood Reporter. “Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”

“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,” Druckmann added. “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.”

There’s no word on when production will begin for the series or a target date for its premiere.