It is already known who will direct the first chapter of the adaptation of The Last of Us and who will also be its executive producer. Back in March, Craig Mazin, creator of Chernobyl, was found to be working with Neil Druckmann. Druckmann, creator of TLOU, was looking to make an adaptation of the video game for HBO. Both Mazin and Druckmann are both executive producers and writers.
At the same time, Carlyn Strauss and Evan Wells (President of Naughty Dog) are also executive producers. Gustavo Santaolalla, composer of the game, will also be back to make the soundtrack for the series. In an interview with Discussing Film , it was revealed that Johan Renck will be part of The Last of Us series. This director worked as the director of all the Chernobyl episodes. Additionally, Renck has directed episodes of acclaimed series such as The Walking Dead, Vikings, and Breaking Bad. He said, “I will be directing at least the pilot.”
However, he also described that he will not be able to fully dedicate himself to the series, but if it is considered part of its production. The reason behind this distinction is that the director described the TLOU adaptation as a “continue” series. This seems to indicate that they plan to do a series of several seasons, instead of a mini-series as was the case with Chernobyl.
HBO is always looking for a project that can become their new Game of Thrones. For eight years, the company enjoyed the GoT results, but this series is now over and its spin-offs aren’t generating much noise. If they can turn TLOU into a large project, they can get more out of their merchandising.