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Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov directing the pilot episode of ‘The Last of Us’

HBO has chosen the Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov (‘A Great Woman’) to direct the first episode of the television adaptation of the well-known video game of the same title,‘The Last of Us’. This is how The Hollywood Reporter progresses, where they also reveal that initially it was going to be Johan Renck (‘Chernobyl’) who would take charge of this pilot until he was forced to leave it due to a date conflict with other projects.

Co-written by Neil Druckmann (writer and creative director of the game) and Craig Mazin (creator of the hit ‘Chernobyl’), the series will be executive produced by Mazin, Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog President Evan Wells and Asad Qizilbash. and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions. It will be a co-production of Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions.

The adaptation will address the events of the first video game in the saga, although always with the option open to add content based on the sequel to the game released in June 2020.

Regarding history, the human population is decimated by a strange infection that affects the human race. Joel, a survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenager who is tremendously mature for her age, must work together if they are to survive their journey across the United States.

‘The Last of Us’ has sold more than 17 million copies and has won numerous awards, including multiple Game of the Year awards. Almost 8 years after its release, the game is still considered one of the best video games ever made.