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Chernobyl’s Johan Renck Announced to Direct HBO Series The Last of Us

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As the sequel to 2013’s hit video game The Last of Us nears its June 19th release date, HBO has an announcement of its own regarding the cable network’s TV adaptation: They’ve chosen a director.

Johan Renck, who you may already know as the Emmy-award-winning director of Chernobyl, has officially been announced as the director for The Last of Us’s pilot episode. This move proves interesting, especially since another Chernobyl alumnus, writer Craig Mazin, was already announced as a writer for the pilot as well. This team, along with the video game’s writer and creative director Neil Druckmann, and executive producer Carolyn Strauss of Game of Thrones cred, should prove to be a solid foundation for the post-apocalyptic thriller series.

The Last of Us television series was first announced back in March, yet no cast has been revealed. It’s also unclear at this point if Renck, Mazin, or Strauss will team up for the rest of the series or just the pilot. The Last of Us will be the first TV series from the newly minted Playstation Productions, signaling the possibility of more game-to-TV franchises in the future.

Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's Massively.com, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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