According to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, the signed TV series HBO Max dedicated to The Last of Us officially has a new director. According to information released by the well-known American entertainment magazine, the television adaptation based on the famous IP videogame of N will be entrusted to Kantemir balagov, who recently worked on "The autumn girl", A film nominated for the 2019 Oscars for Best International Film, and"Tesnota“, A drama centered on the kidnapping of a young couple and the consequent ransom. Balagov's style is probably one of the main factors that led HBO to take him on and to proceed with this drastic change of course. In all likelihood, the young Russian director and screenwriter will give the series a darker tone, and at the same time more similar to the story of the original game.
It was initially communicated that the project would bring together Mazin and the director of Chernobyl, Johan Renck, at least for the first episode, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Swedish director would have abandoned the show due to a scheduling conflict. The Last of Us will see as executive producers Craig Mazin (Chernobyl), N (vice president of the Californian software house that is writing and producing the series), Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Evan Wells by Naughty Dog, Asad Qizilbash e Carter Swan by PlayStation Productions.
At the moment it has not been announced when it will be available for viewing on the US-owned streaming service on demand WarnerMedia Entertainment. The series will be set 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. The first chapter of the highly acclaimed videogame franchise sees as the protagonist Joel, a survivor who was hired to sneak out a 14-year-old girl named Ellie from a quarantine zone. A seemingly simple job, however, becomes a brutal journey on which the fate of all humanity will depend.