There has been much speculation about The Last of Us TV adaption that HBO and Naughty Dog are working together on. The big question seems to be, will it work? It relieved many fans when HBO announced it would make the series and that the adaption would not be a movie as previously reported. HBO has made some of the most popular TV shows, including The Wire, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones, just to name a few. In 2019 HBO released the mini-series Chernobyl, which won 10 Emmys and received universal praise. So when Craig Mazin, creator of Chernobyl, was paired with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, to write and produce expectations rose. But The Last of Us still didn’t have a director for its first episode—until now. Johan Renck announced that he will be The Last of Us director for at least the first episode.
The hiring makes sense, Johan Renck directed all five episodes of Chernobyl. So he has experience working with Craig Mazin. Renck has also proved himself directing episodes of other great TV shows such as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Vikings. Who the actors will be remains up in the air, but with great minds behind the show, fans should be optimistic.
While the TV show is still far off, The Last of Us Part II will be out June 19th. It’s available only on PlayStation.