HBO’s The Last of Us series targets July 2021 production start
According to CBC Canada, HBO is planning to start production on their highly-anticipated live-action series adaptation of The Last of Us this coming summer on July 5 in Calgary, Alberta. Filming is expected to be wrapped next year on June 8, 2022. This comes after Game of Thrones alums Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey were officially enlisted to portray the leading roles of Joel and Ellie, respectively.
The project was first announced last year in March, just before the launch of Naughty Dog’s long-awaited follow-up game The Last of Us Part II which was finally released in June. The sequel became one of the best and fastest-selling PlayStation 4 games with over four million units sold during the weekend of its release.
The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game that is played from a third-person perspective. It was developed by the Santa Monica-based video game developer Naughty Dog, who is also best known for creating the Uncharted games. The game follows hardened survivor Joel and Ellie, a young and capable girl, on their journey through a radically transformed world. Set twenty years after an infectious pandemic spread by the cordyceps virus ravaged the course of humanity, these two people, who were brought together by chance, must make life-altering decisions in order to survive.
The series adaptation will be tackling the events of the first game with the possibility of additional content based on the upcoming video game sequel. It will be co-written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, who is the game’s writer and creative director. Kantermir Balagov is attached to direct the pilot episode. The project will also served as a reunion between Mazin and Johan Renck, who have previously worked together on the acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl.
Mazin and Renck will executive produce along with Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog president Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan. The project is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions.
Due to its immense popularity, The Last of Us has sold over 17 million copies and had successfully won numerous awards including multiple Game of the Year awards. Nearly 7 years since its launch, the video game is currently being recognized as one of the greatest video games ever made