Although it remains one of the most striking video game adaptations to television in recent times, among the ingredients that contributed to the hype of the The Last series of Us for HBO was the intervention of the renowned Johan Renck in the role of director for the pilot episode. Multiple award-winning Renck directed multiple episodes of Chernobyl, earning him an Emmy. However, that will no longer be possible, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Friday that Renck will have to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts .

HBO has appointed another renowned filmmaker as a replacement The good news is that HBO has appointed another renowned filmmaker as a replacement. It is about Russian director Kantemir Balagov , in whose filmography we can find A Great Woman, a drama set in the postwar period that earned Balagov the award of best director at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival , in the Un Certain Regard category and whose tone seems compatible with The Last of Us.

As we said at the beginning, the project it still looks extremely promising as it still has the participation of Craig Mazin, creator of Chernobyl; Neil Druckmann, Creative Director and Writer for PlayStation Exclusive Adventures; and the composer Gustavo Santaolalla . HBO announced the series in March of last year , but it was not until November that the company gave green light for its production.

Craig Mazin announced that there would be some minor news about the project, in the coming days. It is not clear if he was referring precisely to this change in the production team or to something else.