Excitement continues to mount as filming has begun on HBO’s television adaptation of The Last Of Us, but what do we really know about the series?
The hit video games series was first released in 2013 on the PlayStation and it followed Joel and Ellie across a journey in a post-apocalyptic United States.
An award-winning sequel arrived in 2020, The Last Of Us 2, and HBO greenlit a series the same year.
But what else do we know about this new HBO show?
The Last Of Us has a budget of over $10 million per episode
Each budget per episode is rumoured to be in the eight figures area according to Damian Petti, president of IATSE212 Calgary, the association for theatre and film artists in southern Alberta.
He stated “I cannot confirm the official budget figures but I will say that this is possibly the biggest film project in Canada” and further alluded that the budget for each episode “significantly exceeds the eight-figure sum”.
For context, HBO’s Game Of Thrones’ episodes regularly exceeded $6m, and the final series saw episodes costing over $15m to make.
Some Of The Original Cast Have Returned
The voices of Tommy (Jeffery Pierce) will return in a different role to the one he voiced in the game series, and Merle Dandridge will reprise her role as Marlene.
Will we see cameos from Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson who played Joel and Ellie? Maybe not, but never say never.
The original score creator, Gustavo Santaolalla also has been commissioned to make music for the HBO show also, which is great news!
Bill, Ellie, Joel have all been cast
Con O’Neill (Chernobyl) has been cast as Bill, Bella Ramsey (Game Of Thrones) as Ellie and Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones, The Mandalorian, Narcos) as Joel have been confirmed for the cast and already began filming.
Filming is expected to take over 12 months according to producers finishing in June 2022.
Ten episodes in total are being filmed.
It has a strong writing team
The video game’s original creator and director for the game series, Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin (which won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes and worldwide critical acclaim) will be writing all ten episodes.
This means fans can be guaranteed of the story staying true to its roots, whilst also having an acclaimed and experienced team of writers on board, one of which has worked closely with HBO before.
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