The upcoming HBO series The Last of Us has found its directors in Jasmila Žbanić and Ali Abbasi. Žbanić’s latest feature was nominated for Oscar for best international film feature while Abbasi won the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Award for directing in 2018 with his movie Border. Bringing in international talent to lead such a big relevant series is indeed interesting, as the show continues to take a very different route from the gaming franchise. By choosing Bosnian and Iranian directors, one might be driven to think that the atrocities both those countries had to endure sometimes throughout their history might give us some incredible and relevant insight into the world The Last of Us is trying to bring to the small screen.
It is based on a game where humanity was decimated due to a mutated strain of a highly contagious fungus, the main characters Joel and Ellie (played by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey) try to make their way across the United States of America trying to find a cure that might bring society back from the ashes. Through it all, they will come face to face with the worst that humanity has to offer, as their initially tense relationship grows into a bond that will forever unite them. The series was announced as being in development at HBO last March, getting a series order about six months ago. It is still undisclosed when it will premiere.