While the game will be out later this year - May 29th, as of writing - odds are you won't see 'The Last Of Us' on HBO until 2021 at the very earliest.
Co-writer Craig Mazin announced on his podcast, ScriptNotes, that writing and production won't begin on 'The Last Of Us' until Neil Druckmann, Naughty Dog's creative director, is released from his duties for the game's production. "We can't start on it right away because they're still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon," Mazin explained.
"We've been talking about it for months and coming up with little plans and things. But we're going to dig in in full, full earnest pretty soon, just as soon as they wrap up their final work on the sequel. So hopefully more exciting news to come on that front because it's something we're both motivated to see on TV."
So far, no casting has been announced as of yet, however Mazin made clear that he intends the series to honour all aspects of the game, including main character Ellie's sexuality. Mazin also revealed that he specifically lobbied for the game to be adapted into a TV series, not a movie as had been previously planned, adding that the story needs "length" to be told properly.
"It is about the development of a relationship over the course of a long journey, so it has to be to be a television show and that's that. That's the way I see it. Happily, Neil agreed and HBO was delighted, and so here we are."
So far, no air date has been confirmed, but expect there to be a huge amount of hype around this.