HBO’s The Last of Us reportedly has a heft budget behind it, with reports suggesting it’s well over eight figures per episode – which means it’s anywhere between $10 million – $99 million.
The news comes via IATSE 212 boss Damian Petti, who told CTV News Calgary the following:
The Last of Us which commences photography this week is indeed a monster. It has five art directors and employs an army of hundreds of technicians. It has had six months of prep and shoots (in Alberta) for 12 months. I cannot confirm the official budget numbers but will say it is likely the largest project shooting in Canada.
This project well exceeds the eight figure per episode mark so there is a multiplier effect on our economy in terms of its impact. There are hundreds of related businesses benefitting from the plethora of work.
The Last of Us HBO series will star Pedro Pascal of The Mandalorian fame as Joel and Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey as Ellie, and will be based on the first entry in Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed title. The series will be written and produced by Craig Mazin, with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann also producing.
Three more actors recently joined the project in the shape of Jeffery Pierce, Murray Bartlettand Con O’Neil. Fans of The Last of Us should recall that Pierce provided the motion capture and voice of Tommy in the games.
[Source – PSLS]