The Last of Us will become a TV series for HBO

HBO is turning the hit game The Last of Us into a TV series, as the The Hollywood Reporter revealed today.

The show will take inspiration from the original game, which came out for the PlayStation 3 back in 2013. This announcement comes as gaming has begun to become a good source for TV inspiration thanks to hits like Castlevania and The Witcher. The Last of Us became a big hit with its story about a grieving father escorting a teenage girl across a post-apocalyptic America filled with scavengers and zombie-like creatures. It won multiple Game of the Year awards and sold over 17 million copies.

The game is getting a sequel this year. The Last of Us Part II is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 29.

Neil Druckmann, director for both games, is working on the show as an executive producer. Craig  Mazin is joining him; he’s the creator of the HBO 2019 miniseries Chernobyl.

Naughty Dog is the developer behind The Last of Us. Another one of its franchises, Uncharted, has been in development for a motion picture adaption for years. Right now, Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas are set to star.

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Games invade TV

Video games adaptations have flooded the big screen for years and have found little success. However, TV is looking like it could be a more suitable home for the character-filled stories from gaming.

Netflix has turned Castlevania into a hit animated series, with its third season debuting today. Netflix also found a ton of success by creating a live-action show based on The Witcher. And while The Witcher started as a series of novels, the franchise is most known outside of its home country of Poland for its role-playing games.

If The Last of Us is a hit on TV, we should expect to see many more video games invade television.

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