The release date for the Last of Us TV series has reportedly been leaked. A screenshot posted by Twitter user Naughty Dog Central reveals that HBO’s upcoming live-action video game adaptation is slated for a January 15, 2023 release. VGC confirmed the report and confirmed with inside sources that the date listed on the HBO Max app and website is legitimate and was accidentally published early. The game’s original writer Neil Druckmann collaborates with Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) to recreate the post-apocalyptic narrative for new audiences.
“A preview of the post-apocalyptic drama series based on the critically-acclaimed video game. Premiering January 15th,” reads the caption in the screenshot, pointing to a minute-long sneak peek of the show. According to VGC’s sources, HBO has an unveiling planned for later this week, which potentially may be a clip from the upcoming TV series The Last of Us. The show also premieres on Disney+ Hotstar, but HBO Max projects aren’t listed on the platform until a week or sometimes days before release.
In the UK, the Sky broadcasting service acts as the alternative to HBO Max. A Eurogamer report claims that the service has released promotional material for The Last of Us TV series with a January 16 premiere date. Given the time zone in the US, the date fits perfectly as UK audiences will be treated to the show in the early hours of Monday. HBO released a teaser in September that highlighted the world-building, with scenes that appear to be ripped straight from the 2013 video game.
HBO’s The Last of Us is expected to retell the story of the original, critically acclaimed video game – one of hardened survivor Joel (Pedro Pascal) who, when tasked with escorting a teenage girl Ellie (Bella Ramsey), crosses paths with countless characters and life-threatening events, eventually assuming a father figure and understanding the value of life. The show also stars Anna Torv (Mindhunter) as smuggling partner Tess, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as unlikely ally Bill, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, the leader of the Fireflies, and Jeffrey Pierce as Perry. Original voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson are also set to appear on the HBO show.
The 2013 title received critical acclaim upon launch, selling over 1.3 million units in its first week on PS3. Developer Naughty Dog also dropped a remastered version in 2014 for the PS4 and a “remake” for the current-gen PS5 in August. A PC version is also in the pipeline and is said to launch “very soon” after the PS5 release – no updates on the same yet.
If it turns out to be true, The Last of Us TV series will be available for streaming on January 15, 2023 on HBO Max. In India, The Last of Us will be shown on Disney+ Hotstar on January 16.