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The Last of US HBO Series Hires Kantemir Balagov as Director

The Last of US HBO Series Hires Kantemir Balagov as Director - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 January 2021 / 830 Views

HBO announced in March 2020 it was developing a series based on the hit video game series, The Last of Us. Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and The Last of Us writer and creative director Neil Druckmann are writing the script and will be the executive producers on the series.

The HBO series has now found a new director, Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov, who directed the drama Beanpole, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Balagov will direct the pilot episode. 

"Kantemir is a brilliant director who shares our love for Joel and Ellie’s journey," said Druckmann via Twitter. "Stoked that he’s joining the [The Last of Us] family."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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LuccaCardoso1 (on 18 January 2021)

Great choice. 'Beanpole' is a great movie, Kantemir's tone would lend itself naturally to a story on The Last of Us' universe.

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