Jasmila Žbanić, Ali Abbasi Reported To Direct HBO’s The Last Of Us Series


Posted on April 27, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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Although there has yet to be any official images or even filming on the upcoming The Last of Us HBO series, there is plenty to discuss on behalf of the coming project. For one, the casting: Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) is to portray Ellie whilst Pedro Pascal (The Madalorian) is to take the role of her protector, Joel. Most recently, it was reported that A.G.E.N.T.S. Of Shield actor Gabriel Luna is to play Tommy in the coming show.

As for those behind the scenes, The Last of Us Part II director and Naughty Dog co-founder Neil Druckmann & Evan Wells respectively are to executive produce the coming television series for HBO. One report from DiscussingFilm indicated that Johan Renck will accompany writer Craig Mazin to direct the pilot for the show. The two previously worked on HBO’s Chernobyl.

In a new report from Variety, it is disclosed that there will be two co-directors for the first season of The Last of Us, Jasmila Žbanić and Ali Abbasi. Žbanić is most recently known for her work on the Oscar nominated film, Quo vadis, Aida, which was a runner-up for Best International Film Feature. Abbasi is recognized for his work directing 2018 motion picture Border which won Un Certain Regard Award from the Cannes Film Festival that year.

As of writing, plans on production is left fairly slim as it has yet to initiate. In a report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, filming is to commence in July and proceed well into June next year in 2022. For the basis of the show itself, plenty of the shooting will interpret the titular 2013 PlayStation 3 game into a television show.

However, Neil Druckmann did elaborate on the matter previously. Upon speaking with IGN, he shared that the production will strand in some aspects in the final cut. “Things sometimes stay pretty close. It’s funny to see my dialogue there from the games in HBO scripts. And sometimes they deviate greatly to much better effect because we are dealing with a different medium.” You can read the full report by heading here.

What are you excited for the most so far for HBO’s The Last of Us?

Source: Variety

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