HBO's 'The Last of Us' wins 'Chernobyl' director Renck for pilot episode | Inquirer Entertainment

HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ wins ‘Chernobyl’ director Renck for pilot episode

/ 05:58 PM June 09, 2020
The Last of Us

Portrait of Ellie and Joel from “The Last of Us.” Image: Facebook/@naughtydog

Johan Renck will join “Chernobyl” writer Craig Mazin for an HBO adaptation of post-apocalyptic video game “The Last of Us.”

The director of Emmy-winning five-part miniseries “Chernobyl” is to steer the first episode of “The Last of Us” video game adaptation for HBO.

ADVERTISEMENT

Craig Mazin, writer and creator of “Chernobyl,” was on board for “The Last of Us” when HBO announced its intentions in March 2020.

Emmy Awards, Chernobyl

Craig Mazin (R), Johan Renck (2R) and producers pose with the Outstanding Limited Series award for “Chernobyl” during the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 22, 2019. Image: Robyn Beck/AFP

At one point, Renck would not have been the obvious candidate to make an award-winning dramatization of perhaps the world’s most terrifying industrial disaster.

FEATURED STORIES

He shot to fame as Stakka Bo, the musician behind Sweden’s most memorable contribution to sunny early-’90s euro-rap, “Here We Go”.

Helming numerous music videos since the late ’90s, including projects for Kylie Minogue, Beyoncé, Madonna, Robbie Williams, David Bowie and Lana Del Rey, Renck’s filmography also includes episodes of “Breaking Bad”, “The Walking Dead”, “Vikings” and “The Last Panthers”.

“The Last of Us” will be based on a PlayStation video game franchise of the same name, in which a fungal pandemic has ravaged civilization, turning the population into cannibalistic mutants or desperate survivors.

One girl, Ellie, exhibits signs of having a natural immunity to the pathogen and, as a result, travels with gruff veteran Joel on a journey that could, at last, mean the creation of a successful antidote for the rest of humankind.

Craig Mazin’s screenwriting credits also include the second two movies in “The Hangover” trilogy and the third and fourth “Scary Movie” films.

Mazin is also attached to another video game adaptation, this time leveraging the off-kilter action franchise “Borderlands” series, as well as a sixth entry to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. NVG

RELATED STORIES:

ADVERTISEMENT

PlayStation hit ‘The Last of Us’ TV adaptation coming to HBO

Netflix’s ‘Resident Evil’ series shuffles closer

The hottest entertainment news straight to your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: HBO, The Last of Us
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our entertainment news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2023 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.