HBO Max Greenlights The Last of Us Series

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The Last of Us Part II may have had a bumpy road to release, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of Sony’s fastest-selling PlayStation 4 titles ever. Now, nearly six months later, HBO Max has committed to a series based on the original game. Deadline has reported it will be helmed by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, game creator Neil Druckmann, and Game of Thrones exec producer Carolyn Strauss. For those not familiar with the game, here’s a synopsis for the first one.

Game Synopsis

20 years after a pandemic has radically changed known civilization, infected humans run wild and survivors are killing each other for food, weapons; whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a violent survivor, is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl, Ellie, out of an oppressive military quarantine zone, but what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal journey across the U.S.

The Last of Us has garnered over 200 awards, and its sequel sold more than 4 million in its first weekend. Here’s a synopsis for the second game, which continues the story.

Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming. Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors.

When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure. As she hunts those responsible, one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.

It isn’t known how much of this will be used for the series, but hopes are high it will stay true to the franchise. HBO will be working with Naughty Dog, PlayStation Productions, Sony Pictures Television, and Word Games to develop the series. It is also unknown how many episodes have been ordered, or when it will debut on the streaming service.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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