The live-action series The Last of Us was an impressive success and became a media phenomenon since the release of its first episode in early 2023. Fans are hungry for more and are already looking forward to Season 2, which will adapt a portion of the second video game. Unfortunately, it seems they will have to be very patient.
Like many film and television productions, the HBO show based on Naughty Dog and PlayStation's franchise faced the consequences of the ongoing writers' strike in the United States. Francesca Orsi, HBO's executive in charge of drama series, confirmed that production of Season 2 is on hold.
In a subsequent interview, writer and showrunner Craig Mazin commented that he remains hopeful that the TV show can resume its activities as soon as the strike concludes. He indicated that he has only finished writing the first episode.
As the strike continues and there's no light at the end of the tunnel yet, it appears that the live-action series of The Last of Us will have to delay its filming. Consequently, there's a possibility that the release of Season 2 is far off.
The Premiere of The Last of Us Season 2 Looks Distant
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (via GameSpot), Craig Mazin mentioned that the people working in "Below the Line" positions are advancing the project, but actual filming cannot begin properly until the studios, actors, and writers come to an agreement. He does confirm that they were able to plan the entire season before the strike.
"Below the Line" positions, referred to as BTL for short, include technical roles responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of production. Some of these roles include line producer, costume designer, camera operator, lighting supervisors, production design, and more.
"As far as being able to keep somebody who's working below the line, that's fantastic. I think it's almost a certainty that we won't be able to start [filming] when we hoped to start, which is frustrating. We're all very eager to start. This is what we're born for; it's not just how we choose to live our lives, I actually think it's how we're obliged to live it. Otherwise, why the hell would we do this crazy job? I can assure you it's not for the money," commented Craig Mazin.
Before the strike began, HBO planned to premiere The Last of Us Season 2 in sometime in 2025. Due to recent events that led to the production halt, the release date may be postponed.
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