Chernobyl Director to Helm The Last of Us' Pilot Episode on HBO

Chernobyl Director to Helm The Last of Us' Pilot Episode on HBO

Johan Renck will executive produce the series.

When HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us eventually airs, the pilot episode will be directed by Johan Renck. After working with writer Craig Mazin on HBO's Chernobyl, the director and writer will reteam for the adaptation of Naughty Dog's game.

Speaking to Discussing Film this past weekend about The Last of Us on HBO, Renck says he is "part of that series" and will be directing "at least the pilot." Renck goes on to state that it's an "ongoing series" and that he's attached to it primarily as an executive producer.

But it certainly sounds like Renck could be directing much more than just the pilot episode of The Last of Us. "Then we'll see how it goes on further," Renck says of directing the pilot leading into the larger series.

If you're unfamiliar with Renck's body of work, the Discussing Film article actually covers his entire career, from directing Swedish music videos to Emmy-winning success with Chernobyl. Renck has also directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Bate's Motel, and Vikings to name just a few of his relatively recent projects.

We don't yet know when the adaptation of The Last of Us on HBO will be releasing, but it's certainly a positive sign having Johan Renck on board. Renck joins a team made up of writer Craig Mazin and Naughty Dog story director Neil Druckmann, lending a helping hand to guide the adaptation.

Part two of Naughty Dog's saga is almost here: The Last of Us Part 2 is launching later this month on June 19. You can read Kat's preview ahead of the final review embargo, which lifts this Friday on June 12.

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