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'The Last of Us': HBO's game-to-TV adaption starring Pedro Pascal delayed

In what comes as a disappointment to many, the premiere of 'The Last of Us' has been pushed back, but the news comes with an exciting update
UPDATED FEB 20, 2022
Pedro Pascal will appear as Joel Miller in the post-apocalyptic series based on the hit video game 'The Last of Us' (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Pedro Pascal will appear as Joel Miller in the post-apocalyptic series based on the hit video game 'The Last of Us' (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

"Panic spread worldwide after a leaked report from the World Health Organization showed that the latest vaccination tests have failed." We know you really don't want to read something like this, but this is what one hears as the voiceover for the opening credits of 'The Last of Us.' Published in 2013 by Sony, the game developed by Naughty Dog was a massive hit, selling over 1.3 million copies within a week of its release. 'The Last of Us' went on to create more records, becoming one of the best-selling PS3 games of all time. The synopsis for the game, according to IMDb, reads, "Joel, a grizzled survivor of a dangerous post pandemic world, who has slowly lost his sense of morality after the loss of his daughter, and Ellie, a young girl with her own struggle to find real human connection, are forced together and must travel across the U.S. in search of a feint hope for the future of humanity."

Dark Horse adapted 'The Last of Us' into a comic book that serves as a prequel but it was becoming increasingly difficult to adapt the game into the film format, with Sony calling off the attempt in 2020. Fortunately, in the months that followed HBO announced that it was working on a TV series based on 'The Last of Us', and the project was greenlit in November 2020. Further announcements revealed that Craig Mazin of 'Chernobyl' fame would be writing the series along with Neil Druckmann, who wrote the blockbuster game. Filming for the series, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, began in July 2021. 


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However, the release date of 'The Last of Us' has been a mystery for quite some time. Though talks of the series dropping in late 2022 have been doing the rounds, HBO never really confirmed or denied it. Breaking the silence on this matter, Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer of HBO and HBO Max, broke the news that 'The Last of Us' will not be airing this year. During an interview with Deadline, Bloys added that production was still going on in Canada and that he "imagines you will see it in '23." Though it's an excruciating wait for many, there is some exciting information that could help them feel better. Bloys has seen "some early episodes" and claims that "it looks amazing." 

'The Last of Us' stars Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, and Anna Torv in key roles with Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, and Storm Reid appearing as guests. 

Keep an eye on this space as we'll be updating it with more details about 'The Last of Us' as it comes!