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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.
Couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t seen Beanpole yet, do. There’s a reason it’s on a ton of top 20 of 2020 lists. https://t.co/Jh5xmSNv91
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) January 15, 2021
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)
🎬 🍿 #TVNews: Russian filmmaker Kantemir #Balagov will direct the pilot episode of @HBO‘s highly anticipated adaptation of the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic game #TheLastOfUs 😎 With award winning films Closeness & Beanpole on his CV, Kantemir is a great choice! pic.twitter.com/2XYNk6PWle
— Russia 🇷🇺 (@Russia) January 16, 2021
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.