HBO’s series adaptation of the hit video game Last of Us is deep in production and fans are excited to see how it turns out. There’s certainly a lot of talent attached to the project including Craig Mazin, the creator of HBO’s acclaimed limited series Chernobyl. He wrote the series and is also executive producing with Neil Druckmann, who is the writer and creative director of the game.
Well, some interesting news has surfaced that fans of the game are sure to appreciate. According to Director’s Guild of Canada production list, Druckmann is also set to direct an episode of the series, which is pretty cool. After all, this is the guy who had a huge hand in creating and building the story and franchise.
The story for the series “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.”
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey have been cast in the series as Joel and Ellie. Gabriel Luna also stars in the film as Tommy, Joel’s younger brother, “a former soldier who hasn’t lost his sense of idealism and hope for a better world.” Actress Merle Dandridge is set to take on the role of Marlene in the series, the head of the Fireflies, “a resistance movement struggling for freedom against an oppressive military regime.”
It’s said that HBO is “aiming for a serious dramatic tone for the adaptation.” The rest of the production team includes Carolynn Strauss (Chernobyl) and Carter Swan along with Evan Wells of Naughty Dog and Asad Qizilbash from PlayStation Productions. Kantemir Balagov is directing the pilot episode of The Last Of Us.
What do you think about Druckmann helming an episode of the Last of Us series?