The Last of Us series

It’s official: Joel and Ellie are coming to television.

HBO has given a series order to The Last of Us, a television adaptation of Naughty Dog’s wildly popular video game about a smuggler and a young girl who must make their way across a zombie-infested America in the hopes of developing a cure for a virus that has ravaged the globe. The game’s creator and creative director, Neil Druckmann, is spearheading the show along with Craig Mazin, the Emmy Award-winning creator of Chernobyl. Read More »

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The Last of Us, the mega-popular PlayStation game which received a sequel earlier this year, is soon heading to HBO as a television series. Writer/producer Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) has given a brief update about the TV adaptation, promising that it won’t “undo” what fans love about the video game’s story. Read More »

‘Borderlands’ Movie Coming From Eli Roth

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Borderlands, the video game series that kicked-off in 2009, is headed to the big screen. Eli Roth is set to helm the Borderlands movie for Lionsgate, with a script by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. The original game followed a group of “Vault Hunters” looking for an alien vault on the planet of Pandora (no, not the one from Avatar).

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Pirates of the Caribbean reboot

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has become a ghostly shadow of its former self. But its most recent entry’s disappointing box office haul evidently wasn’t enough to convince The Walt Disney Company to let this one walk the plank for good.

Disney has hired two writers to find a fresh take for its Pirates of the Caribbean reboot: Ted Elliot, who co-wrote most of the existing Pirates films, and Craig Mazin, who wrote the Hangover sequels but recently became an Emmy winner for his outstanding HBO series Chernobyl.
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Chernobyl Trailer

The meltdown at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Russia was an international disaster in 1984. Plenty of investigations and reporting occurred in the aftermath, but now whole generations have been born and come of age since then. HBO’s new miniseries Chernobyl puts viewers inside the meltdown with the plant workers, Russian scientists, doctors, nurses and soldiers in the mid-‘80s.

Chernobyl is a change of pace for screenwriter Craig Mazin. Mazin has had a lucrative career in studio comedies, with credits that include the Scary Movie franchise and the Hangover series, as well as plenty of uncredited work on Hollywood blockbusters. Mazin also co-hosts the Script Notes podcast with John August, where they discuss the ins and outs of screenwriting and current trends in the industry.

Mazin spoke with /Film by phone before Chernobyl premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Chernobyl premieres tonight at on HBO and airs in six parts total.

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Cowboy Ninja Viking director

The comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking was announced back in 2014, but the project has stalled out for a while. Now, the Chris Pratt film has finally found its director: television veteran Michelle MacLaren. This, along with the upcoming Nightingale, will be the acclaimed TV director’s first official foray into feature filmmaking. More on the Cowboy Ninja Viking director below.

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Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:

  • Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
  • Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
  • See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
  • Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still

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Hollywood has no shortage of movies about Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, while poor old Thanksgiving tends to get overlooked. It’s a great release date, but not a movie subject. Not so any longer. Relativity Media is diving into the animation game with Turkeys, a CG comedy due out in 2014. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson will lend their voices to two of the titular creatures, while Jimmy Hayward is on board to direct. Read more after the jump.

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The wolf pack has already done Las Vegas and Bangkok, and it appears that they’ll be heading to yet another world-famous party town for the third and final stop on their debauched tour. A couple of different outlets are reporting that The Hangover Part III will be set in Tijuana, Mexico, though an insider says much of the film will be shot in Los Angeles and Las Vegas before the cast and crew head south of the border. More details after the jump.

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Two of comedy’s most marketable faces, teaming up for a little Internet humor, have now found a host. Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong) has signed on to direct a Universal comedy called Identity Theft starring Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids breakout actress Melissa McCarthy. The casting was announced a few months back but the title has now changed, along with the addition of a director.

In the film, written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), Bateman will play a normal guy whose identity is stolen by McCarthy. Originally, McCarthy’s part was written for a man but after Bateman, who is also a producer, saw Bridesmaids, he asked for a rewrite by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). Read more after the jump.

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