HBO's The Last of Us TV adaptation "well exceeds the eight-figure per episode mark", according to the president of a union that represents people working in the entertainment sector in Alberta, Canada, where the show is being filmed.
Damian Petti, president of IATSE 212, either would or could not "confirm the official budget numbers", but told CTV News (opens in new tab) that The Last of Us TV show (opens in new tab) is "likely the largest project shooting in Canada".
"This project well exceeds the eight-figure per episode mark," he told the network, "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 (thanks, TheGamer (opens in new tab)). "It has five art directors and employs an army of hundreds of technicians. It has had six months of prep and shoots [in Alberta, Canada] for 12 months."
ICYMI, The Last of Us TV show recently bulked out its cast with three new additions (opens in new tab). Bill and his lover/partner Frank will be appearing in the upcoming HBO production, as will a completely original character – played by Tommy's voice actor.
Con O'Neill will play Bill and Murray Bartlett plays Frank. The pair are described as "two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town." On the other hand, Tommy's voice actor, Jeffrey Pierce, will play Perry, a "rebel in a quarantine zone," potentially Boston if the series is closely following the events of the games.
The first season of The Last of Us will run for a sizeable 10 episodes (opens in new tab). The initial report on the series in March 2020 hinted that "multiple seasons" could also be a possibility, so an adaptation of The Last of Us 2 (opens in new tab) can't be ruled out.
A director working on The Last of Us TV series has also penciled in a '2022' release date (opens in new tab) on their Instagram page. With the cast seemingly almost complete – with Game of Thrones' Bella Ramsey playing Ellie and other actors joining the series in recent weeks (opens in new tab) – it seems like things are finally getting going on the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Naughty Dog's seminal series.
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