'The Last of Us' Series Coming to HBO Helmed by 'Chernobyl' Creator Craig Mazin

HBO has announced that an adaptation of the video game The Last of Us as a series is in development, according to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday.

Based on the Naughty Dog video game franchise for PlayStation, the new series will be helmed by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. The Last of Us creative director and writer Neil Druckmann will work with Mazin and serve as executive producer for the project.

As reported by Variety, the show will chronicle the first game's events.

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

"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," Druckmann said. "With Chernobyl, Craig and HBO created a tense, harrowing, emotional masterpiece. I couldn't think of better partners to bring the story of The Last of Us to life as a television show. I'm beyond excited to collaborate with them."

The Last Of Us' cinematic nature makes it rife for a series adaptation. Set in a post-apocalyptic United States, a mutant fungal outbreak spreads a disease to humans, turning them into cannibalistic beings called "the Infected." Joel, the game's protagonist, smuggles teenager Ellie to a militia's (the Fireflies) hiding spot, outside of the fungus' quarantine zone. Shortly after beginning their journey, Ellie reveals that she was infected but does not show symptoms of the disease, which provides hope for a cure. The pair travel the country avoiding cannibal bandits, the Infected, and eventually the Fireflies.

As of June 2018, The Last of Us, which was released seven years ago, has sold over 17 million copies, making it the 49th best-selling game of all time.

Craig Mazin
'Last of Us' Series Coming to HBO Helmed by 'Chernobyl' Creator Craig Mazin. Mazin will lead HBO's adaptation of the popular video game "The Last of Us." Getty/Charley Gallay

A sequel to The Last of Us was announced in December 2016. As opposed to the first game, players will control Ellie instead of Joel. Druckmann co-wrote the story with Halley Gross, who has written episodes of Westworld. Previously scheduled for release last month, The Last of Us Part II will come out on May 29.

Naughty Dog Studios and HBO did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.