Principal photography for HBO’s television adaptation of The Last of Us will begin in Calgary, Canada this coming July, reports CBC. The news comes courtesy of the Director’s Guild of Canada, with production to begin on 5th July and wrap on 8th June, 2022. That seems like an extraordinarily long span of time to us, but we can’t imagine stars like Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie) will be on set for the entirety of the duration – perhaps additional time has been registered for potential reshoots?
Calgary has been a popular destination for Hollywood since the turn of the millennium, with noteworthy films like Interstellar being shot in the province. Of course, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has only heightened this by impacting what major production companies can do, and many have been looking north of the US border to get back on track.
The show is set to follow the events of the first game, although there will be some deviations according to creator Neil Druckmann. “In the game, there’s so much action you have to train the player about mechanics. You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don’t need to train people on how to use a gun. So that’s something that’s been really different, and HBO’s been great in pushing us to move away from hardcore action and focus more on the drama of the character,” he told IGN earlier in the year.