Last week, it was announced that HBO – the US network behind Game of Thrones, Westworld and Watchmen – is due to adapt the best-selling apocalyptic video game The Last of Us for TV. It’ll be written by Craig Mazin, creator of the highly-acclaimed series Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, the creative director of the game and its upcoming sequel.
The Last of Us involves a deadly parasitic fungus that has infected people across the planet, turning them into plant-like monsters. A grizzled survivor, Joel, is tasked with transporting a seemingly immune teenager, Ellie, from a quarantine zone to a laboratory, where hopefully a cure can be developed.
With the announcement, fans began to speculate who should play Joel and Ellie. But we were reminded of the other TV series we’re currently waiting for – this being the top five:
The Falcon and the Winter Solider
Out in the summer on Disney+, this is the first of many planned TV shows based on Marvel’s movie universe. Here, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles as The Falcon and the Winter Solider respectively, dealing with the fallout of Avengers: Endgame and teaming up for their own globe-trotting adventure, facing off against the US government’s highly dangerous Captain America replacement. Six episodes, released weekly, starting in August.
House of the Dragon
This is the Game of Thrones prequel that HBO finally decided on – a couple of ideas had been in the works since the original show ended last year. Set 300 years earlier, this will tell the story of House Targaryen, and is based on George R R Martin’s book, Fire and Blood. In Game of Thrones, the last survivor of the Targaryen dynasty was Daenerys, played by actress Emilia Clarke, so expect lots of dragons and bloodshed. No word yet of when the series will be released.
Lord of the Rings
Little is known about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series. Said to be a prequel, set in Middle Earth’s Second Age, thousands of years before The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, there are sure to be orcs, trolls and wizards aplenty. Actors confirmed so far include Maxim Baldry (Doctor Who, Years and Years), Robert Aramayo (who played a young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones), Owain Arthur (A Confession) and Nazanin Boniadi (Hotel Mumbai). A 2021 release date is expected.
Okay, forget the awful Ryan Reynolds movie several years ago – Green Lantern is a cool ‘space cop’ superhero, and will shortly be a TV series for the HBO Max streaming service. Developed by Greg Berlanti, who has adapted many DC Comics heroes for the small screen, the show will apparently “span several decades and focus on two stories about Green Lanterns on Earth.” There will also be a plot thread following arch-villain Sinestro. Hopefully more news soon.
Another of Marvel’s TV shows currently in development for the Disney+ steaming service, and possibly the most anticipated. Moon Knight, which Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was rumoured to be in talks for, features a Batman-style vigilante with split personalities. The project will be overseen personally by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who will also serve as an executive producer. Due to start filming later this year for a December 2021 release.