Adaptations of videogames for other media, such as movies and TV, they are not exactly recognized for their prime – and only in recent years started to be taken more seriously. However, 'The Last of Us' wants to be a watershed in the genre. THE HBO series will have a budget of more than $10 million per episode, the largest of a production ever made in Canada.
In a report on preparations for the start of filming, the Canadian TV network CTV News spoke with the president of the local actors union, Damian Petti, who commented on the size of the production in terms of manpower. “It has five art directors and employs an army of hundreds of technicians. It took just six months of preparation in Alberta,” he said.
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Petti couldn't confirm any specific budget estimate, but said, “This project far exceeds the eight-digit per episode mark, so there's a multiplier effect on our economy in terms of its impact. There are hundreds of related businesses that benefit from the abundance of work,” he added.
Spending more than $10 million per episode, 'The Last of Us' is on a par with other HBO productions like 'Westworld' and 'Rome', and slightly below other popular series like 'The Crown' and ' Game of Thrones', which range between $13 million and $15 million.
Based on the series of games developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for PlayStation platforms, 'The Last of Us' takes place 20 years after the total destruction of modern civilization. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to remove 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) from an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts out as a small job soon turns into a brutal and moving crossing as they both have to cross the United States and depend on each other to survive. The series is expected to be released in early 2022.
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