Last week, HBO and Naughty Dog revealed that they had partnered to create a TV series based upon The Last of Us. Neil Druckmann will be heading the project alongside Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to adopt the video game for a TV audience. Evan Wells, Naughty Dog’s President, is also involved as an executive producer along with Caroline Strauss. While no actors have yet been confirmed for the roles of Ellie, Joel, and the rest of the characters from the game the composer now has. Looking to stay as close to the source material as possible the HBO The Last of Us project has enlisted Gustavo Santaolalla, the composer of both The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II. The news was confirmed by Neil Druckmann in a tweet.
Well this is exciting! Beyond lending his incredible musical talent to The Last of Us Part II, Gustavo Santaolalla is joining us to bring over The Last of Us to HBO!
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) March 11, 2020
When the show was commissioned the project heads had the following to say. In a statement Neil Druckmann said:
“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. 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.”
Craig Mazin also released a statement and said:
Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus. Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honoured to do it in partnership with Neil.”
The Last of Us Part II is coming to PS4 on May 29th. That will be a story of revenge as Ellie goes out hunting those who wronged her while dealing with both established and new dangers of the world in which her and Joel fight to survive.