HBO’s The Last of Us TV adaptation is said to have a budget that “well exceeds the eight-figure per episode mark,” likely making it “the largest project shooting in Canada.”
Damian Petti, president of the IATSE 212 artists union, wouldn’t affirm the exact budget numbers for the project to CTV News, however he estimated each episode to cost in excess of eight figures. At least, the eight-figure sum would imply that it’s costing $10 million for each episode yet he demonstrates that it’s entirely more than that.
“I cannot confirm the official budget numbers but will say it is likely the largest project shooting in Canada,” he told the outlet. “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 which commences photography this week is indeed a monster,” Petti added, affirming the show’s shooting plan that launches in the Province of Alberta this month. “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.”
The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin recently uncovered the HBO series will have a 10-scene first season, which implies that Season 1 would cost basically $100 million to make, however it’s probably going to be significantly more than that given the budget for every individual episode is said to “well exceed” the eight-figure benchmark.
For comparison, Game of Thrones initially cost around $6 million for each episode in its first season yet expanded to an equivalent $15 million for every episode for its last season. Similarly, the per-episode cost to make The Mandalorian allegedly arrived at near $15 million, making the expense of an entire season almost $120 million.
The justification the excessive cost labels on impending shows, particularly contrasted with the memorable expenses of TV shows, is the means by which these series are often packaged together along with Hollywood blockbusters. There’s an inclination, especially among web-based features, that TV shows can’t hazard resembling “B-material” close to big movies, subsequently the equivalent costs of production.
Notwithstanding The Last of Us TV series, Sony is additionally right now dealing with an Uncharted film, featuring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake. The film is set to hit theaters on February 18, 2022. PlayStation manager Jim Ryan has effectively expressed that these two Naughty Dog adaptations are “just the beginning” of PlayStation’s efforts to expand into different mediums.