HBO’s The Last of Us TV adaptation will be budgeted “well over six zeros per episode,” making it “the largest project to be filmed in Canada.”
Damian Petti, president of IATSE 212, declined to give the exact number, while saying that each episode spends at least $10 million in budget. He hints that for some episodes it can be even more than that.
“I can’t name the official budget, but I can say that this is the largest project being filmed in Canada,” he said. “This project is well above six zeros per episode, which is good for the economic impact. There are hundreds of companies that are getting extra work again.”
“The Last of Us that started shooting this week is indeed a monster,” added Petti, confirming that the show will begin filming in the province of Alberta this month. “It has five art directors and hundreds of technicians. They spent six months preparing to shoot for a year in total.”
The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin previously revealed that the HBO series will have a total of ten episodes in its first season. This means that the first season will spend at least $100 million, but it could be even more than that as he indicates that there are episodes that spend even more money.
By comparison, Game of Thrones cost about $6 million per episode in its first season, but that went down to $15 million per episode in its final season where most was spend on actor contracts. The Mandalorian has reportedly cost $15 million per episode, making an entire season nearly $120 million.