‘The Last Of Us’ HBO Series Adds Two New Directors

by Thomas Tuna

With production expected to start this summer on HBO’s live-action adaptation of The Last Of Us, the behind-the-camera talent is starting to line up.

The series–based on Naughty Dog’s award-winning video game for PlayStation–this week added directors Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi to work with screenwriters Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, according to a report on Deadline.

The pilot episode will be helmed by Kantemir Balagov, with production expected to start July 5 in Calgary, Alberta, as reported here in Horror News Network. Shooting should wrap up in June 2022. The series is being produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions.

The adaptation–starring Game of Throne alums Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey–is set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel–a survivor of the apocalypse–is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of the oppressive quarantine zone. What starts out as a routine job becomes “a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival,” according to the synopsis.

The original The Last Of Us video game–which won several Game of the Year Awards–has sold more than 17 million units since its launch back in 2013. The game’s sequel —The Last Of Us Part II–debuted last June and sold more than four million units in its first weekend.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates–including the debut date–on HBO’s The Last Of Us.

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