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'The Last of Us' is Being Turned Into a HBO Series

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By Brian Morales

'The Last of Us' is a PlayStation title, produced by Naughty Dog, that came out a couple of years ago. The game received critical acclaim from all sorts of platforms, and garnered hundreds of awards under its name, and now the story is coming to the small screen.

'The Last of Us' is now getting a TV adaptation from the creator of 'Chernobyl', another HBO hit. With such a good story, and a seasoned producer like Craig Mazin, the hype is absolutely real.

'Chernobyl' Creator to Produce/Write Project

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Craig Mazin will be a writer, and an executive producer. Along with Mazin will be Neil Druckmann, the writer and director of 'The Last of Us'. Attached to it will also be Evan Wells, the president of game development studio Naughty Dog. Sony Pictures, and PlayStation Productions will also be co-producing the project.

'Chernobyl' was a massive success for HBO as well, it received huge acclaim even skyrocketing to IMDB's top rated shows at number 5 matching the score of 'Breaking Bad'

"...the finest storyteller working in the video game medium"

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Craig Mazin gave his praise for Neil Druckmann, and 'The Last of Us' by saying:

"Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and ‘The Last of Us’ is his magnum opus,” says Mazin. “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."

It's good to see that Mazin is passionate about the source material, and has the knowledge to create something special.

Honest Adaptation

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The HBO series will follow the basic story of the original game (written by Druckmann), and will possibly include some content based on 'The Last of Us Part II' which is supposed to come out in a couple of months from now.

Druckmann had the same praise for Mazin as well, "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,’"

The Story So Far

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'The Last of Us' focuses around a world that has been completely destroyed, and has been overrun by zombie-like creatures, and hunters. 20 years later, a man by the name of Joel, must smuggle a 14-year old girl (Ellie) out of a quarantined zone. This sets the framework for a long, and emotion journey through what's left of the U.S.

The game is a masterpiece in it's own right, and the pressure is on to transfer that same level of emotion, and quality to the new series. We can't wait for it to come out.

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