The HBO adaptation of The last of us is currently filming in Canada, and much of the production has been kept under wraps. However, it was recently revealed that an episode of the series will be directed by Neil Druckmann, who served as a director alongside Bruce Straley on the original PlayStation game.
According to the Directors Guild of Canada production roster, Druckmann will also add directing to his writing and executive production duties. Druckmann’s name appears in the “Director” section, along with Craig Mazin, Jasmila Zbanic, Peter Hoar and Kantemir Bagalov, who will direct the pilot episode. Production on the series began in July of this year and is expected to run until June 2022. Original game composer Gustavo Santaolalla returns to write the score for the television series.
The last of us was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2013. It follows Joel, a smuggler who must escort a teenage girl named Ellie through a zombie-ravaged post-apocalyptic United States. The game went on to become a bestseller and won several accolades, with critics praising its complex narrative and fleshed out characterization. A suite, The Last of Us Part II, was released in June 2020.
HBO’s new series will star Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) like Joel and Bella Ramsey (Game Of Thrones) like Ellie. Joel’s younger brother and soldier, Tommy, will be played by Gabriel Luna (by marvel Agents of SHIELD). It is HBO’s first video game-based series and largest television production in Canadian history.
With such a seasoned cast and several returning creative team members, The last of us is shaping up to be one of HBO’s most anticipated series to date. While you can replay both games at any time, the new TV adaptation is expected to arrive sometime in 2022.