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‘Chernobyl’ Writer’s ‘The Last of Us’ Gets Series Order at HBO

The popular video game The Last of Us is getting the TV treatment. HBO announced today that they’ve given a series order to The Last of Us, an upcoming drama from Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and Neil Druckman, who will write and executive produce the series together.

The Last of Us takes place 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. The series follows a survivor named Joel who is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie and get her 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 series official description reads.

“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.”

Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios and Asad Qizilbash, Head of PlayStation Productions, added in a joint statement, “We’re thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring The Last of Us series to life. PlayStation’s innovative storytelling and ingenuity is a natural complement to SPT’s creative focus. Our collaboration is a great example of our ‘One Sony’ philosophy at work. We look forward to developing even more iconic game IP in the future.”

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