HBO Greenlights The Last of Us to Series

HBO has decided to move forward and given a full series order to the upcoming The Last of Us series from Craig Mazin. Neil Druckmann and Carolyn Strauss are executive producers along with Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan. The series will be written by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin with Sony Pictures Television co-producing the series with PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog.

“Craig and Neil are visionaries in a league of their own,” said Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. “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.”

The Last of Us originally launched in 2013 to critical and commercial success. The story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

The Last of Us will air on HBO.