HBO Max really loved Chernobyl. When they spun up their adaption of The Last Of Us, the multi-award winning smash hit on the PlayStation, they raided the show for a show runner.

Now their recruit, Craig Mazin, has gone back to his old show to grab a director.

Johan Renck, who helmed and executive produced all five episodes of Chernobyl, will join as director. He broke the news himself in an interview with Discussing Film. He also confirmed that he is an Executive Producer and, intriguingly, that it is an ongoing series rather than a limited run. He also talked about casting issues due to the effectiveness of the voice actors in the video game.

“You have a video game character who’s very much top of mind with anybody who’s ever played that game. More than that, they know exactly what he looks like, how he talks, how he acts, and so on and so forth.

So with the The Last of Us, this is something that we’re discussing. We’re having weekly calls, Craig and I and also Neil [Druckmann] who created the game, about various approaches and how to deal with that. How to deal with the fact that a video game character is way further than a character from a book. But also it’s more different to deal with than a real person.

This is something that we spent a lot of time talking about here and in the early development stages of this process. There are a lot of things to take into consideration and a lot of decisions and choices to be made in various ways without saying anything more about it.”

Naughty Dog, the software developer behind the game, and original game director Neil Druckmann are said to be heavily involved. The story will be based on the first game in the series.