Craig Mazin (creator of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl) is adapting the story with Neil Druckmann, creative director and writer of the two video games. Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Vikings, Chernobyl) was going to direct the pilot and possibly more episodes, but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Kantemir Balagov (Beanpole) is the new director. Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials) has been cast as Ellie. Pedro Pascal (Narcos, The Mandalorian) has been cast as Joel.