It seems that filming for the widely awaited HBO adaptation of The Last of Us will begin soon.
According to Collider, the series will begin shooting in Calgary, Canada in July. It also mentions that this will be a long production, with the shooting set to begin on July 5, 2021, and end on June 8, 2022.
Craig Mazin, the author of Chernobyl, will script and executive produce alongside Neil Druckmann, the producer of The Last of Us, with Beanpole producer Kantemir Balagov directing the series pilot. The series will star Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) as Joel and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) as Ellie. Pascal’s dedication to The Last of Us comes with a “first place contract,” which means The Last of Us takes priority over all of his other projects (The Mandalorian included). Fans, on the other hand, need not be concerned. This was most likely carried out in advance for Disney and LucasFilm.
It’s worth noting that Druckmann mentioned that the HBO series would differ significantly from the original games in certain ways.
“Things can get pretty close at times. “It’s humorous to see my game dialogue in HBO scripts,” Druckmann laughed. “And since we’re working with a particular medium, they often deviate widely to much better effect.”