HBO has revealed that their upcoming TV series adaptation of The Last of Us won’t air in 2022, and will likely be 2023 instead. In a recent interview with Deadline, HBO confirmed the news but shared their enthusiasm for some of the earlier episodes that have already been shot, praising writer/director Craig Mazin.
HBO and HBO Max programming chief Casey Bloys told Deadline that fans shouldn’t expect The Last of Us‘ TV show in 2022, as they’re still in the process of filming and post-production may take a while. However, they seem sure that we’ll see it in 2023.
“It’s not going to air in 2022 — they are still shooting in Canada. I imagine you will see it in ’23,” Bloys said.
Bloys also praised Craig Mazin’s work on the series so far, citing his work on the critically acclaimed mini-series Chernobyl too:
“I have seen some early episodes and I’m very excited. 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.”
The Last of Us is a TV series adaptation of Naughty Dog and PlayStation’s acclaimed exclusive video game based on the same name. Set in a post-apocalypse following a deadly fungus outbreak that changes the world forever, we follow a survivor named Joel who encounters a young girl named Ellie who may have the answer to the outbreak.
HBO’s The Last of Us will star The Mandalorian actor Pedro Pascal as Joel and Games of Thrones actress Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Fringe and Mindhunter actress Anna Torv will play Tess, while Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman plays Bill. Mazin, who previously wrote and produced the award-winning HBO mini-series Chernobyl, was brought on as a showrunner and writer/director on The Last of Us.
It seems we’ll be waiting a while until we see HBO’s live-action adaptation, but in the meantime, The Last of Us Part II is currently available for PS4.