The fate of HBO's adaptation of Naughty Dog and PlayStation's The Last of Us may be hanging in limbo. Amid a week of shakeups at HBO Max, including reports of dropped titles and a possible merge with Discovery+, many fans are now concerned that The Last of Us could be canceled.
Concern surrounding series' future was first prompted this week when it was confirmed on Tuesday that Warner Bros. Discovery decided not to release Batgirl, a DC Comics film, despite its $90 million budget and the fact that the movie had already finished shooting and was slated to drop on HBO Max. Just a day later, Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, a holiday-themed sequel to the 2020 Scooby-Doo movie, was also canceled despite nearly being completed. That same day, many HBO Max subscribers noticed that six Warner Bros. movies released exclusively to HBO Max were removed. The confusing string of cancellations and removals, which reportedly boiled down to finances, coincided with rumors that HBO Max and Discovery+ are slated to merge, with sources telling The Wrap that such a move would likely result in mass layoffs. Now fans are concerned that The Last of Us could be the next major shakeup to break.
The series, based on the hit video game of the same name, was first confirmed to be in the works back in 2020. The story takes place 20 years following the end of modern civilization and follows Pedro Pascal's Joel, a hardened survivor tormented by his own past trauma and failure, who is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie, portrayed by Bella Ramsey, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. The series is also set to star Anna Torv, TLOU voice actress Merle Dandrige, Nick Offerman, Nico Parker, Gabriel Luna, Jeffrey Pierce, and Murray Bartlett.Keep scrolling to see what social media is saying.
'Time to cancel' subscription
if warner bro's identity crisis causes hbo max to cancel the last of us adaptation... pic.twitter.com/aHUYDvwmcU— miek (@lokicaps) August 3, 2022
"Please,,, please dog, with all this s- I'm hearing about HBO, i don't care about much of it, but please,,, PLEASE PLEASE, do NOT cancel The Last of Us BEFORE IT EVEN AIRS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DOG PLEASE," tweeted another person.prevnext
I SWEAR IF THEY CANCEL THE LAST OF US IT WILL BE MY LAST STRAW 😭😡— Jimena :): (@rougex__) August 4, 2022
'I don't know what I'll do'
i dont know what i'll do if they cancel the last of us show...— gray (@SILKSBIAN) August 4, 2022
Fans beg for HBO Max not to cancel the series
if they cancel the last of us show imma be pissed— ¿𓅓 (@gD0kFViHFtVwrhA) August 4, 2022
"please lord do not take the last of us tv show away from us, you've already taken most of hbo max," wrote another.prevnext
Some threaten to riot
Normally don’t care…but I would genuinely be saddened if whatever is going on with HBO/Discovery resulted in The Last of Us adaption getting canned so Discovery can write off $30 million pic.twitter.com/Ikqx0LMt4L— Clay Collins (@ClayCollins028) August 4, 2022
Is 'The Last of Us' really in danger of being canceled?
can they confirm the last of us show is safe like i need 100% that it’s happening cause i guess we can just cancel projects whenever now— bandit 🧪 (@vengeancemurdox) August 3, 2022
Thankfully, and despite the drama and rumors surrounding HBO Max, it seems unlikely that The Last of Us series will be dropped. As Comicbook.com notes, The Last of Us is an HBO show, not an HBO Max title, and HBO titles air on the TV network with a simultaneous release on HBO Max. HBO Max originals, meanwhile, go straight to the streamer. The current chaos surrounding WarnerMedia has only surrounded HBO Max and Discovery+, not the cable network. This means fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as The Last of Us is most likely safe.prev