Production of HBO's The Last Of Us is well underway.
And per HBO fashion, it seems as though the network is sinking a lot into Joel and Ellie's adventure.
HBO's The Last Of Us May Be More Expensive Than Game Of Thrones
As photography preparation in Canada is underway, IATSE 212 President Damian Petti spoke to CTV News about the scale of production:
The Last of Us which commences photography this week is indeed a monster. 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.
With IATSE 212 being a local union of filmmakers and artists, Petti stated how The Last Of Us TV show may be one of the biggest filming projects in the country:
I cannot confirm the official budget numbers but will say it is likely the largest project shooting in Canada...This project well exceeds the eight-figure per episode mark.
The first Game of Thrones season averaged $6-7 million per episode, with later seasons rising to $10-15 million. Considering the eight-figure estimate for the Naughty Dog adaptation, The Last Of Us TV show's first season budget is higher than several seasons of Game of Thrones.
She spoke positively on the production's benefit to the local community:
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. This town has been very embracing of the film industry. We believe in the economic benefits and the diversification needed in Alberta and filming is definitely one of the ways to make that happen.