The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the upcoming series adaptation of The Last of Us will be directed by the hit of Cannes, Kantemir Balagov, who recently debuted his film Beanpole to rave reviews at the film festival. The Circassian director replaces Johan Renck who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Renck’s partner on Chernobyl, Craig Mazin, is writing and executive producing the series along with Neil Druckmann who is the writer and creator of the game.
The Last of Us tells the story of a plague racked world where a jaded smuggler is hired to get a 14-year-old girl out of the quarantine zone as she may be the key to curing the pandemic.
With the hiring of Balagov, it’s obvious that HBO is wanting to go with a serious, somber adaptation as his film Beanpole told the story of the dark relationship between two women in the aftermath of the Siege of Leningrad during WWII.