Neil Druckmann, the director and creator of The Last Of Us series, the hit franchise on PlayStation from Naughty Dog who has been involved in the HBO developed series has signed on as a director.
The Directors Guild of Canada now lists Druckmann as a director along with Emmy award-winning Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) along with Academy Award nominee Jasmila Zbanic, Kantemir Balagaov and Peter Hoar.
With confirmation that video game series score and music creator Gustavo Santaolalla is also on board & Merle Dandridge who voiced Marlene, it appears the production is staying very true to its roots.
The Last Of Us is costing $10 Million Per Episode
The first season is due to air sometime in 2022 and has reportedly the largest in Canadian Television production history with episode budgets up to $10 million each.
Druckmann has been heavily involved in the production of the series and confirmed that the direction for the first season will follow the game events in The Last Of Us (2013).
He’s also confirmed that many parts of the game’s dialogue will be repeated in the scripts, whilst naturally, some sequences and events will be dramatized more for a television audience.
Filming began in July 2021 with shoots across Canada in Alberta, Fort Macleod and Calgary.
Gamesradar released an article showing many images from the sets replicating the early scenes of the game.
The Kitchen Sink?
With Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones/The Mandalorian) & Bella Ramsey (Game Of Thrones) confirmed as main protagonists Joel & Ellie, it appears HBO is throwing everything but the kitchen sink, to make this is a huge success.
The game follows the character of Joel & Ellie as they battle to travel across North America after a virus rage across the country killing millions.
The virus turns its human hosts into aggressive mutants and in the post-apocalyptic world these creatures aren’t the only threat, humans are just as dangerous.
Ellie’s blood may be the only cure for humanity and Joel must take her to Salt Lake City to a group known as ‘The Fireflies’.
Having Druckmann on board in the directors’ chair even if just for one episode will certainly add to the anticipation for the series.
For who better to direct an episode, than the man responsible for the game’s direction himself?
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