The Last of Us series will reportedly begin filming in Canada this summer, kicking off production for HBO’s adaptation of the popular video games.
HBO’s The Last of Us show will reportedly begin filming this summer in Canada. The series, which stars Bella Ramsey as Ellie and Pedro Pascal as Joel, will adapt the popular PlayStation video game series of the same name, developed by Naughty Dog. Neil Druckmann is leading the series with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. The show was originally announced in March 2020 so has been in the works for some time.
The Last of Us tells the story of a modern-day outbreak of the Cordyceps Brain Infection, a mutated strand of the Cordyceps fungus that turns any infected humans into aggressive, zombie-like creatures. Society collapses as a result of rampant infections, leading to martial law in some areas and utter lawlessness in others. The first game in the series, which will be adapted for season 1 of HBO’s show, focuses on Joel and Ellie – two survivors making their way across the wasteland in search of an escape.
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Per CBC, the Director’s Guild of Canada says The Last of Us will begin filming in Calgary this summer. According to the report, a production start date has been set for July 5, 2021, with an intended wrap by June 8, 2022. This will make for an especially long filming schedule, more inline with major blockbusters than TV shows.
While The Last of Us may be the most highly anticipated PlayStation adaptation currently in development, it isn’t the only one. A feature film version of Uncharted, a game series also developed by Naughty Dog, is scheduled for release on February 18, 2022, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. A film adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima, a 2020 action game set in feudal Japan, was also recently announced. Though video game adaptations were once a hard sell, that seems to be changing, and The Last of Us could play a pivotal role.
Though the show’s filming dates comprise a long window, it’s certainly encouraging to know shooting will start so soon after the recent casting announcements. Few details have been revealed for the series so far, other than the two leads and the fact season 1 will adapt the events of the first game. The filming start date doesn’t offer a concrete promise of when viewers can expect the show to arrive, but it could mean set photos and other details will soon begin to make their way online. Hopefully, HBO will find some success of its own in the video game space with The Last of Us.
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