The Last of Us Is Heading to HBO, Courtesy of the Mind Behind Chernobyl

Joel and Ellie are on the TV!
Joel and Ellie are on the TV!
Image: Naughty Dog

Sony might be struggling to get one Naughty Dog video game adaptation off the ground already with Uncharted, but another is already a go on TV. And it has some very interesting names behind it.


There had been rumors of an adaptation of Naughty Dog’s seminal post-apocalyptic action-drama—which followed survivors Joel (Troy Baker) and Ellie (Ashley Johnson) as they navigated the harsh remnants of American society in the wake of a fungal-zombie apocalypse, taking a seemingly uninfectable Ellie on a quest to potentially make a cure for the virus ravaging the world—for several years now. A movie project that attracted the attention of Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams had been floated for a while. But it seems that project is really done because now, The Last of Us will instead be heading to television, as part of a new deal announced by Sony and HBO.

As the Hollywood Reporter revealed, The Last of Us will be co-developed by Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann—the co-writer and director on The Last of Us as well as its highly anticipated upcoming sequel, due out this May—and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin. Druckmann will both executive produce and co-write the series with Mazin, which will be co-produced by Sony Television’s PlayStation Productions, the first TV series produced by the brand out of Sony’s swathe of video gaming franchises.

We’ll bring you more on HBO’s plans for The Last of Us as we learn them.

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Unpopular Opinion: who cares? Last of Us was a boilerplate, by-the-numbers zombie game with visually interesting zombies. That’s it. The story was terrible in how it was so predictable, and a rehash of Romero’s entire catalog.

The big twist was less of a twist, and more of a gigantic billboard you saw after the first hour or so.