The brain behind the acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl, Craig Mazin, return to work with HBO on the television adaptation of the video game The last of us, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
In the indite version in series format of the title developed by Naughty Dog and distributed by Sony Computer Entertainment also work its screenwriter and creative director, Neil Druckmann.
Mazin commented that Druckmann is undoubtedly the best storyteller in the video game industry and The last of us is his masterpiece.
Have the opportunity to adapt this impressive work. Art has been a dream for me for years and I am very honored to do so in partnership with Neil, ”he added in a statement.
The aforementioned also did not reserve praise for his future partner: "From the first time I sat down to talk with Craig, I was equally surprised by his narrative approach and his love and his deep understanding of The last of us," he said.
For Druckmann, “with Chernobyl, Mazin and HBO they created a tense, heartbreaking and emotional masterpiece. I can't think of better partners to bring the story of The last of us to life as a television show. ”
Their participation is a very infrequent issue, since the developers of the games do not usually participate in the adaptations. In this case, Druckmann will do it as a screenwriter and executive producer.
The praised video game released in 2013 received praise from critics for its fascinating post-apocalyptic history, focusing on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who can be key to a cure for a lethal pandemic.
The title won several awards such as Game of the Year and sold more than 17 million copies both in its original release on PlayStation 3 and in a remastered version for PlayStation 4, be the media.
The Hollywood Reporter added that Joel is hired to smuggle the 14-year-old girl out of a quarantine zone. What begins as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey, since both must cross the United States and depend on each other to survive.
The HBO series address the plot of the original game and there is a possibility that it integrates additional content based on the sequel, which is scheduled for release on May 29, 2020.
"This is the first of many programs we intend to develop with our friends on PlayStation Productions," said Sony Pictures Television Studios co-chairman Chris Parnell.