While we all know The Last of Us TV present is unquestionably in development at HBO, its showrunners have additionally already confirmed a formidable solid checklist, an episode depend for season one and hinted at tentative particulars as to its plot.
The collection appears set to loosely mirror the plot of the primary recreation, The Last of Us, which got here out all the way in which again in 2013 on PS3 and immediately turned a important hit due to its unimaginable emotive story-telling and grim world. The story follows the journey of Joel and Ellie as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic America and probably assist save humanity. We gave it the primary spot in our roundup of the best games of the decade, to dispel any doubts about its high quality.
After we bought the PS4 remaster of the primary recreation, we have been lastly handled to The Last of Us Part 2 final 12 months. Once once more, it appeared to defy all purpose and was one other enormous important hit. There have been loads of attention-grabbing new characters added into the world, and the gritty feeling of the primary recreation was solely extra intense within the new story.
With a film now not an choice for The Last of Us, we’re excited to see how effectively the sport might be translated into an episodic TV Show. It appears to make much more sense than a movie, particularly as we might effectively see it slowly bridging into the second recreation, too.
So, what do we all know to date about The Last of Us TV present’s launch date, streaming platform, story and solid? Well, data is slowly beginning to emerge, and regardless of a change within the director for the pilot, extra names are being introduced.
Here’s every little thing we all know to date about The Last of Us TV present.
Nico Parker has signed on to play Sarah, Joel’s daughter, within the present. She’ll star alongside different confirmed solid members Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna and Merle Dandridge.
The collection will even “deviate greatly” from the supply materials in some episodes, in response to showrunner Neil Druckmann, however solely when it comes to its give attention to drama over hardcore motion.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A TV present based mostly on The Last of Us online game
- Where can I watch it? HBO Max
- When can I watch it? 2021 if we’re fortunate, however in all probability early 2022
- Who’s in it? Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Nico Parker and extra
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The Last of Us TV present launch date
The Last of Us TV present was solely confirmed as being in growth final 12 months, so we nonetheless have not bought an official launch date – past “coming soon to HBO,” that’s.
Co-writer Craig Mazin commented on the collection’ manufacturing again in 2020, telling GamesRadar that The Last of Us 2 would have to be tied up earlier than issues get actually underway: “We can’t start on it right away because they’re still finishing up the second game. We’ve been talking about it for months, little plans and things. We’re going to dig in in full, full earnest once they wrap up their final work on the sequel.”
That game has been out for some time now, though, and pre-production for the show is currently underway. Naturally, we’re no more confident of a concrete release date, but early 2022 seems the most likely arrival time at this point.
Wait, so there’s no The Last of Us movie?
No! There’d been chatter around a movie adaptation for a good few years, with the project even reaching a second draft script and auditions being held for actors before development stalled.
Back in 2015, the game’s writer, Neil Druckmann, was cited as saying he’d “just finished a second draft” and had “a table read with a bunch of actors,” while calling the script “pretty faithful to the game.”
“There are some big changes,” he added at the time, “but the tone and what the story’s trying to say is pretty faithful to the game.”
Shortly after Druckmann’s comments, screenwriter Craig Mazin said his feelings were that “you can’t make a movie out of this, it has to be a show. It needs length. It’s about the development of a relationship over a long journey, so it has to be a television show – and that’s that, that’s the way I see it.”
It appears the pair reached some sort of agreement, with a TV adaptation of the game confirmed back in March last year.
The Last of Us TV show: where can you watch it?
The show is being developed for HBO, with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann acting as co-writer alongside screenwriter Craig Mazin, who won an Emmy for outstanding writing on HBO’s highly-praised Chernobyl miniseries, which aired last year.
It will end up on HBO Max – the streaming platform launched by HBO in May 2020.
HBO is a US-exclusive platform, but if you’re in the UK, your best bet is likely Now TV, which often carries HBO shows such as Watchmen or Succession – though Sky is also a home for some HBO titles, too.
In Australia, you’re probably looking at Foxtel. We’ll update this page when we’re a bit closer to the show’s release with more information on this.
The Last of Us on HBO: how many seasons?
There’s been no confirmation of how many seasons HBO is planning for the series, though Joel voice actor Troy Baker has provided a vague window of “three, four seasons” being necessary to match the story beats of the game at an appropriate pace – rather than constraining the story within a single two-hour film or rushed single season (via GameSpot).
“I think that, episodically, you can far more effectively tell this story, because trying to condense that experience of 16 hours into [a few] hours is impossible… it goes past the point of distillation, into reduction,” Baker said. “I think being able to do this episodically and go, ‘We’ll do this for say, three or four seasons’ and be able to almost 1:1 tell [the story of the game] presents a great opportunity for more people to experience it.”
HBO has made passing reference to “future seasons” beyond an initial first season, though any continuations are likely to depend on the success of season one.
The Last of Us TV show: story, cast, and characters
While we were initially told that Chernobyl director Johan Renck would be helming the pilot for the show, it turns out that he’s a very busy person. That means we’ve now got the award-winning director Kantemir Balagov, instead.
Alongside Balagov, Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi are also confirmed to be directing some episodes, with Craig Mazin confirming on a recent Scriptnotes podcast that only two directors are left to be announced. Both Mazin and Druckmann will serve as executive producers on the show.
All we know about story so far is what HBO has given us as a synopsis, which is that “The story takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
It seems like the show will be following along with the story of the games, then, and we have an idea of the characters that will be featuring, too.
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We know Tess (Joel’s partner of sorts), Marlene (a member of the Fireflies), Riley (a childhood friend and romantic interest of Ellie), and Maria (wife of Joel’s younger brother) are all going to be part of the show – and we also know some of the actors who have signed on to play them.
Ellie is going to be played by Bella Ramsey, who starred in Game of Thrones. Joel has an equally titanic casting choice in the form of fellow Game of Thrones actor-turned Mandalorian Pedro Pascal.
Merle Dandridge will play Maria in the series, while Gabriel Luna will also star as Tommy, Joel’s younger brother. Joel’s daughter, Sarah, has been cast, too – she will be played by newcomer Nico Parker.
Then there is, of course, the matter of the blanked out name in Druckmann’s above tweet. Given that it’s four letters, we’re assuming it could be one of three different characters, depending on what kind of time frame we’re looking at.
The first of these is Anna, Ellie’s mother, who would be a new character, as she was only mentioned in a letter in the first game. The other two choices come from The Last of Us Part 2 in the form of Dina or Abby.
Dina is Ellie’s love interest in the second game (no prizes for guessing what happens to Riley), while Abby is another protagonist in Part 2. If they’re included, we could be looking at some multiple perspective stuff akin to The Witcher. Hopefully, though, that won’t include the confusing timeline.
More recent comments from Druckmann confirmed that some episodes will “deviate greatly” from the supply materials, however solely when it comes to their give attention to drama over hardcore motion. For himself and Mazin, the “philosophical underpinnings of the story“ have been the important facets they wished to get proper with the difference.
“As far because the superficial issues, like ought to [a character] put on the identical plaid shirt or the identical purple shirt? They would possibly or may not seem in it,” he added, “that’s way less important to us than getting to the core of who these people are and the core of their journey.“
It’s clear, then, that whichever characters appear in the show, it’ll be more of a deep-dive into their personal experiences, rather than focused on their violent, zombie-killing exploits.
Well this is exciting! Beyond lending his incredible musical talent to The Last of Us Part II, Gustavo Santaolalla is joining us to bring over The Last of Us to HBO!March 11, 2020
We’ve additionally heard – once more from Druckmann himself – that the composer for each the unique The Last of Us recreation and The Last of Us 2, Gustavo Santaolalla, might be returning to work on the HBO present adaptation. So, prepare for some tense and tear-jerking soundtracks to accompany the motion.