In lack of a new serial juggernaut, HBO intends to release the wallet for its television adaptation of the video game The Last of Us. The show could well have a budget greater than that of the first season of Game of Thrones.
Currently in production, the television adaptation of the video game The Last of Us by HBO promises to be spectacular. The American cable channel, lacking a strong series in its programming, seems to want to put the package on the show worn by Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie).
Indeed, according to Damian Petti, president of the artists’ union IATSE 212, The Last of Us would have a budget that “greatly exceeds the eight-figure mark per episode”. He thus confided to CTV News that it should be “the largest filming project in Canada” without specifying the figures.
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Damian Petti told the media that the filming of the series, which required “six months of preparation”, would be managed by “five artistic directors and an army of a hundred technicians”. Ten episodes are slated for the first season, as showrunner Craig Mazin reported, and could therefore cost at least $ 100 million in all, or even more.
For comparison, the first season of Game of Thrones cost $ 6 million per episode. The final season of DB Weiss and David Benioff’s series had a budget of $ 15 million per episode. HBO therefore seems to bet a lot on The Last of Us, on which Neil Druckmann, the creator of the game, officiates as screenwriter and producer, to revive its audience.