Chernobyl’s Johan Renck was initially slated to direct the upcoming The Last of Us TV adaptation for HBO, but scheduling conflicts forced a change of plans. Now Beanpole’s Kantemir Balagov has stepped up to the plate as director. Craig Mazin, the series’ creator, is still attached to the upcoming TV adaptation as a writer and co-executive producer. The HBO adaptation will be a retelling of events from the first game; a violently heartbreaking tale set 20 years after the fall of civilization as we know it. The story revolves that of a smuggler named Joel and his father-esque relationship with a younger Ellie as they fight for survival against a fatal pandemic.