Damian Petti, president of artists’ union IATSE 212, did not confirm the precise budget figures for the project to CTV News, although he estimated that each episode would cost more than eight figures. At a minimum, the eight-figure sum would mean it costs $ 10 million per episode, but he says it’s actually a lot more than that.
“I cannot confirm the official budget figures, but I will say this is probably the biggest filming project in Canada,” he told the outlet. “This project is well above the eight-figure mark per episode, so there is a multiplier effect on our economy in terms of impact. Hundreds of related businesses benefit from the plethora of jobs. “
“The Last of Us which begins photography this week is indeed a monster,” Petti added, confirming the filming schedule for the show which will launch in the province of Alberta this month. “He has five art directors and employs an army of hundreds of technicians. He had six months of preparation and filming (in Alberta) for 12 months. “
The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin previously revealed that the HBO series will have a 10-episode first season, which means Season 1 will cost at least $ 100 million, although that’s probably even more than that considering of the budget of each The individual episode is said to “greatly exceed” the eight-figure benchmark.
For comparison, Game of Thrones originally cost around $ 6 million per episode in its first season, but climbed to $ 15 million per episode in its final season. Likewise, the cost per episode of creating The Mandalorian is said to have hit nearly $ 15 million, bringing the cost of an entire season to almost $ 120 million.
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The reason for the high prices of upcoming shows, especially compared to the historic costs of TV shows, is how often these series are packed with Hollywood blockbusters. There is a feeling, especially among streaming services, that TV shows can’t risk looking like “B material” alongside great movies, hence the comparable production costs.
In addition to the TV series The Last of Us, Sony is also currently working on an Uncharted movie, starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake. The film is slated to hit theaters on February 18, 2022. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has previously said that these two adaptations of Naughty Dog are “just the beginning” of PlayStation’s efforts to expand into other mediums.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.