The New Star Wars Live-Action Series Will Be One Of The Most Expensive TV Shows of All Time
Disney's massive investment into the Star Wars universe has paid off. The latest installments of the main saga have been massive box office hits, and the studio plans to take that success to the smaller screen with an upcoming live-action series. From creator John Favreau, the new series—which will debut on Disney's streaming service next year—takes place seven years after Return of the Jedi. And in a new feature on the future of Disney, the New York Times included a staggering detail about the upcoming Star Wars series.
The show will cost roughly $100 million for 10 episodes, the New York Times reports. At a price tag of $10 million an episode, that makes the upcoming Star Wars series one of the most expensive TV shows of all time. To put it into context, the sixth season of Game of Thrones cost something around $10 million an episode, and its final season will cost something around $15 million. The budget for Star Trek: Discovery, which CBS used to launch its own streaming platform, was between $8 and $8.5 million. The budget for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was between $200 to $250 million, and that film made more than $1.3 billion worldwide at the box office.
This makes sense, considering Disney is using this show to launch its own streaming platform. A lot is riding on the success of this show, not to mention the massive expectations of fans. Even though it had critical and box office success, crybaby Star Wars fans still bitched about The Last Jedi.
Disney can throw all the money at this thing they want, but they'll still never make everybody happy.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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