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The Last of Us: The Pilot episode of the Television Series is now entrusted to Kantemir Balagov

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Following scheduling conflicts, Johan Renck is replaced by Kantemir Balagov to take care of the staging of the first episode of The Last of Us on the small screen.

Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions and the American channel HBO have decided to entrust the production of the pilot episode of the serial adaptation of the license The Last of Us to Kantemir Balagov faced with Johan Renck’s withdrawal due to a scheduling problem, while the latter was happy to find his friend Craig Mazin in the project. Note that Naughty Dog, Word Games and The Mighty Mint are overseeing the development of the television show which should be broadcast next year if the shooting does not encounter difficulties by then.

Kantemir Balagov x the Last of Us, serious dramatic tone for HBO adaptation

Originally from Circassia (a historic region north of the Caucasus on the Black Sea coast), director Kantemir Balagov quickly rose to prominence in the film industry with the dark Russian dramas Closeness and Beanpole.

  • Closeness tells the story of a poor family in a small town who will face an abduction – winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Un Certain Regard” selection
  • Beanpole recounts the twisted and dark relationship between two women in the aftermath of the siege of Leningrad during World War II – winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Un Certain Regard” selection and nominated in the “best international feature film” category for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (an award from the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences)

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.