HBO brought in Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov (Proximity, Beanpole) to direct the pilot episode of HBO’s upcoming drama series The last of us, the adaptation of the video game PlayStation, Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, game creator Neil Druckmann and The iron Throne executive producer Carolyn Strauss.
Written by Druckmann and Mazin based on the famous video game, the story takes place 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts out as a small job soon turns into a brutal, heart-wrenching journey, as they both have to cross the United States and depend on each other for survival.
The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, Mighty Mint and Naughty Dog products.
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Druckmann and Mazin produce alongside Strauss, Evan Wells of Naughty Dog and Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions.
Balagov is best known for directing feature films Proximity and Beanpole, produced by his partner Alexander Rodnyansky. Proximity was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, where Balagov won the FIPRESCI award in the Un Certain Regard competition. In 2019, Balagov returned to the Cannes Film Festival with Beanpole, winning the Un Certain Regard award for best director and its second FIPRESCI award. The film was selected as Russia’s submission in the Best International Feature Film category for the Oscars 2020. Balagov is being picked up by CAA and directed by Jerome Duboz.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.
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