HBO's The Last Of Us TV Show Finds New Director
After losing its director last year, HBO's TV series adaptation of the Last of Us video game franchise has a new leader.
According to , Kantemir Balagov has been hired to direct the series. This will be the first TV series for the Russian director, best known for the 2019 film Beanpole, which earned him some acclaim at the Cannes film festival. Balagov will work with writer and executive producer Craig Mazin, as well as creative director of the game Neil Druckmann, who will also serve as a writer on the show.
One group that is looking forward to Balagov's new role? The Russian government. It posted a message on the official Russia Twitter account, congratulating him on his position and sharing some screenshots from the game. Given the importance of LGBT themes in the series and Russia's history of discrimination against the community, it's a curious post.
🎬 🍿 #TVNews: Russian filmmaker Kantemir #Balagov will direct the pilot episode of @HBO's highly anticipated adaptation of the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic game #TheLastOfUs 😎 With award winning films Closeness & Beanpole on his CV, Kantemir is a great choice! pic.twitter.com/2XYNk6PWle— Russia 🇷🇺 (@Russia) January 16, 2021
Based on what we know so far, the series looks to be set surrounding the events of the first game in the video game franchise. A description released by WarnerMedia reads, "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."
However, Mazin the series will introduce characters and events not featured in the games. Perhaps the show will be set somewhere between The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II. A gap during this period is addressed in the second game in certain flashback scenes. However, there is still plenty we don't see during this period.
At this point, there is no release date for HBO's The Last of Us--or even a cast announcement.
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