HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us with Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) is coming. And it will begin shooting in Calgary this July.
CBC reports that Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney said The Last of Us will be the largest film or television production in Canadian history. Which is saying something.
But really, the production sounds like a monster. Even just in terms of shooting days. Evidently, the HBO crew will kick off filming the series on July 5th. They will then wrap up the first season almost a whole f*cking year later on June 8, 2022.
Johan Renck (Chernobyl) was set to direct The Last of Us. But he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov will take over.
Craig Mazin, the creator of HBO’s killer limited series Chernobyl, is writing and executive producing with the game’s writer and creative director, Neil Druckmann.
The post-apocalypse tale centers on the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Joel a smuggler in this new world. He is hired to smuggle the 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. Ans she may be the key to a cure for the pandemic.
What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey. Now they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
The series will cover the events of the original game. So the game’s writer / creative director Neil Druckmann will work with Mazin to pen and executive produce.
Carolyn Strauss will also executive produce with Evan Wells. The show is the first series from PlayStation Productions. Sony Pictures Television co-produces.
Are you up for HBO’s The Last of Us?