HBO’s TV adaptation of the award-winning The Last of Us is still likely a year away.
Although originally expected to air at some point in 2022, HBO’s chief content officer Casey Bloys says otherwise. In an interview with Deadline he said, “It’s not going to air in 2022 – they are still shooting in Canada. I imagine you will see it in ’23.”
He imagines we’ll see it in 2023? That doesn’t sound promising! But we do know that production is well under way on the series, and with names like Craig Mazin on the writing team – who brought HBO’s Chernobyl to life – and Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay taking the lead roles, we’ve got high hopes. Even if we do have to wait until 2023 (or later) to finally get our eyes on it.
Casey Bloys himself shared his excitement with Deadline, too. “I have seen some early episodes and I’m very excited,” he said. “Craig did Chernobyl for us, he is a fantastic writer and director. What I’ve seen looks amazing, so I’m excited for it, but it will not be in ’22.”
Yes, we get it. It’s not going to be in 2022. No need to rub it in, Bloys! We’re disappointed, but also excited to see more. We’re yet to see a proper trailer – that will likely come later this year – with the only thing to be released so far being a still showing the backs of Pascal and Ramsay, as Joel and Ellie respectively.
HBO’s The Last of Us looks set to follow the story of the first game, where smuggler Joel is tasked with transporting a 14-year-old Ellie across the country. It’s been 20 years since an apocalyptic viral outbreak changed the world forever, changing humans into terrifying zombie-like creatures. And with an apparent resistance to the virus, Ellie might be the key to a cure – Joel just needs to get her safely to the medical facility where a team eagerly await her arrival. Being one of our all-time favourite games, we’re excited to see it translated to the small screen.