It was announced this week that HBO would be adapting a television series of the groundbreaking video game series The Last of Us. HBO first announced that a series revolving around The Last of Us has been in development since March, 2020. Neil Druckmann will serve as an executive producer for the upcoming show, having been the lead developer for the original game and its sequel The Last of Us Part II by the companies Sony Computer Entertainment and Naughty Dog. Craig Mazin will also help write and serve as an executive producer for the series. It will be produced by PlayStation Productions. Johan Renck will direct the pilot episode.

The series will adapt the story of the first video game. “The story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed,” the producers said in a statement. “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 actors to play Joel and Ellie have not been revealed yet, but HBO is likely to announce who they have cast sometime during the end of 2020 or early 2021. While most video game adaptations have been massive disappointments, people are nonetheless excited to see The Last of Us be adapted in live-action. One of the reasons that people are hopeful for this upcoming series could because of The Witcher, which is another television adaptation of the video game of the same name in which people have praised for its faithfulness to the game and storytelling abilities.

Fans can look forward to seeing HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us sometime in 2022, where they can decide if the show lives up to the popular video game.

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