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Craig Mazin Extends HBO, HBO Max Overall Deal

Craig Mazin (Courtesy of Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Craig Mazin has extended his overall deal with HBO and HBO Max for an additional three years.

The news comes as little surprise, given the success Mazin has had at HBO. He previously created the critically-acclaimed HBO limited series “Chernobyl,” which detailed the aftermath of the titular Soviet nuclear disaster in 1986. The show, which starred Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård, won two Golden Globes and 10 Emmy Awards in 2019. Mazin also won a Writers Guild, Producers Guild, and Peabody Award for his work on the show.

HBO also recently gave out a series order to “The Last of Us,” an adaptation of the hit video game of the same name. Mazin is set to write and executive produce the upcoming series along with Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the game. The series order was announced in November.

Mazin is also known for his work writing features, with his work having grossed over $1 billion at the box office. He has penned multiple entries in the “Hangover” and “Scary Movie” franchises. His other feature credits include “Identity Thief,” “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” and “RocketMan.” It was previously announced that Mazin is currently developing a “Pirates of the Carribean” reboot with Disney as well as working on the script for a “Borderlands” film adaptation, with that property also based on a well-known video game franchise. He can also be heard each week on the popular screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes, which he co-hosts with fellow writer John August.

Mazin is repped by CAA and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

Variety's Joe Otterson contributed to this post.


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