Per the official synopsis, the TV series seems to be adapting the first game in the series: “The story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
While the world of video game adaptions is littered with failures, a big HBO adaptation of one of the most acclaimed video game stories in recent memory — complete with the original game’s writer and creative director on board — seems like it might have a shot at actually succeeding in translating the game to television.
All that said, The Last of Us is still in the early stages, with no casting details or a release window yet, so it’ll likely be some time before Joe and Ellie’s story actually makes the jump to live action.
The Last of Us isn’t the only big-budget Sony game adaptation in the works. Sony’s PlayStation Productions studio is also in the middle of production on its long-awaited adaptation of the Uncharted series,