Chernobyl's Craig Mazin to adapt The Last of Us on HBO

HBO may have passed on The Walking Dead way back when, but they're not turning their nose up at this video-game zombie horror

George Bell
5th March 2020
The Last of Us fans can now rejoice as it’s just been announced we are getting a show on HBO from the writer/producer of Chernobyl, Craig Mazin.

With the Uncharted movie beginning production and The Last of Us II just around the corner, many Naughty Dog fans felt that this would be all for a while, but will it be a success or fall flat like many game adaptations before it? Is it the right move?

Neil Druckmann, The Last of Us' very own writer, is set to be working alongside Mazin.

The show is set to have a longer run time than Mazin’s limited series Chernobyl and will apparently follow the events of the first game. If you haven’t played 2013s award-winning The Last of Us, the story follows smuggler Joel who is tasked with escorting teenager Ellie across the post-apocalyptic United States.

It’s widely regarded as one of the best video games of all-time and Neil Druckmann, The Last of Us' very own writer, is set to be working alongside Mazin. Because of this, it’s almost guaranteed to stay loyal to the source material, so long as HBO gives him creative control and doesn't interfere too much.

But will it stay too loyal? From what we have heard so far, it seems that the show will run exactly like the game, so why when the game told the story so well, does it need to be made into a TV show? Especially with TV and film being so saturated with zombie shows like The Walking Dead and Z Nation.

It might get buried under them all as just another generic post-apocalyptic show. At the same time, however, allowing such a fantastic game to reach a broader audience in a TV format may bring something new to the franchise, without tarnishing what’s already there.

It's such a great narrative that giving non-gamers the chance to delve into the world of The Last of Us could be brilliant, and trying to condense such a stellar story into a film would be cramming too much into too little space, so picking TV as the medium is a stroke of genius.

Related: The Last Of Us Part II Delayed Until Spring 2020

Naughty Dog made one of the best titles out there with some of the most iconic horror in gaming, so hopefully, the combined effort of Mazin and Druckmann results in a show that respects existing fans whilst appealing to new people.

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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