HBO has tapped Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov (Closeness, Beanpole) to direct the pilot episode of HBO’s upcoming drama collection The Last of Us, the difference of the PlayStation online game, from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, recreation creator Neil Druckmann and Recreation of Thrones exec producer Carolyn Strauss.
Written by Druckmann and Mazin primarily based on the acclaimed online game, the story takes place twenty years after trendy civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is employed to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old woman, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What begins as a small job quickly turns into a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they each should traverse the U.S. and depend upon one another for survival.
The collection is a co-production with Sony Photos Tv. PlayStation Productions, Phrase Video games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Canine produce.
Druckmann and Mazin government produce alongside Strauss, Naughty Canine’s Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
Balagov is greatest identified for guiding the characteristic movies Closeness and Beanpole, produced by his accomplice Alexander Rodnyansky. Closeness was featured on the Cannes Movie Pageant in 2017, the place Balagov woin the competition’s FIPRESCI Prize within the Un Sure Regard competitors. In 2019, Balagov returned to the Cannes Movie Pageant with Beanpole, profitable the Un Sure Regard award for Finest Director and his second FIPRESCI Prize. The movie was chosen as Russia’s submission within the Finest Worldwide Function Movie class for the 2020 Academy Awards. Balagov is repped by CAA and managed by Jerome Duboz.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the information.