HBO’s series implementation of the hit series The Last of Us is certainly one of the most anticipated game-related TV series. Now there is a new piece of information: the director of the pilot episode has been chosen!
Tangible details about the HBO series for The Last of Us are still pending, including a specific start date. But the good news: At least we are making progress. Now the team responsible was able to present a director for the debut episode.
This is the Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov; this will significantly influence the pilot episode of the HBO adaptation of the Naughty Dog game series, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.
The series was originally confirmed in March 2020 and it was also announced that Craig Mazin, mastermind behind the hugely successful series “Chernobyl”, would serve as executive producer. Naughty Dogs Neil Druckmann is to assist him personally as a writer. Director Johan Renck should also be taken over from “Chernobyl”, but there is now a change.
Unfortunately, due to scheduling problems, Renck is no longer on board. Instead, Balagov, with the help of Naughty Dog, is supposed to take care of an atmospheric and successful series production himself. Balagov made his debut as a director with the film “Closeness” at the Cannes Film Festival; there he also received the FIPRESCI award. In 2019 he received the Cannes Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI Award for the film “Beanpole”, which was also submitted by Russia as Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
The game will take up the events of the original game and is set 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. In addition to Druckmann and Mazin, Carolyn Strauss (“Chernobyl”, “Game of Thrones”) will also be executive producers, as will Evan Wells from Naughty Dog and Qizilbash and Carter Swan from PlayStation Productions.