We still have quite a while before Disney’s hotly-anticipated streaming service hits the web, and with it, we still have a great many questions — how much will it cost, what kind of programming will it include, of what quality will they be, etc.? However, I’m fairly confident that one project many Disneyphiles are most excited about is the upcoming Star Wars live-action TV show from The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau.
One big question comes in scope and scale. Just how big will it get and how good will it look? As much as we love TV shows, they don’t always have the most fitting budgets. While networks are doing better jobs of allowing shows of epic scope and sci-fi nature to have larger budgets, there is often still a discernible difference between visual effects on a TV show and visual effects in a movie. Game of Thrones is generally a good reference for acceptable visual effects in a TV show, but even then, it’s clear that the scope was pulled back at times to make the budget manageable.
According to a new report from the New York Times, Favreau’s series will likely cost Disney $100 million for 10 episodes — meaning that the average cost per episode will be $10 million.
Using the aforementioned Game of Thrones as a reference, early episodes cost around $5 million. The sixth season brought around $10 million per episode, so if you want to look at a good comparison, I recommend we look there. Season 8 of the HBO series is looking to up the ante to $15 million an episode, but those episodes are rumored to hover around 90 minutes or so, so the visuals may not be a huge step up.
On the whole, this seems like an acceptable budget for Star Wars. So long as they keep it relatively grounded and save up the budget for certain set pieces, I think we could be getting the live-action series we’ve been waiting for. Plus, given Favreau’s experience with VFX, he may know some cost-cutting measures that can help with its overall production value.
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SOURCE: The New York Times