Episode 1 of The Book Of Boba Fett aired yesterday on Disney Plus – subsequent episodes will air weekly until February 9, 2022 – but what is the series’ production budget?
What is the production budget of The Book Of Boba Fett?
Split between its initial seven episodes, that would make Boba Fett’s spin-off cost a little under $15 million per episode.
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That’s a lot to you and me, but less than, for example, HBO’s Game Of Thrones sequel ($30 million for the pilot alone, and that was cancelled) and Amazon’s The Lord Of The Rings (reportedly the most expensive show of all time, at $465 million for its first season).
But it’s worth noting that $100 million is only an estimate – official figures for The Book Of Boba Fett’s budget are not yet publicly available, although that hasn’t stopped Twitter users from pontificating.
Why The Book Of Boba Fett’s budget is fodder for debate
Since its first episode premiered yesterday, Twitter users have been busy airing their thoughts about The Book Of Boba Fett, and its supposed production budget.
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Some have compared specific elements to their equivalents in The Mandalorian. For example, the “Void LED screen set backgrounds”, writes one user, were “way less seamless”. Another person suggested that its budget “seems withheld for the *other* Mandalorian show”.
One even went as far as to say that the costume design is “atrocious”. But why? Because, one user suggests, Disney is waiting to see if the show catches on before splurging.
How much have other Star Wars spin-off series cost in comparison to Boba Fett’s estimated budget?
So far, there have been two live-action Star Wars spin-off series: The Mandalorian and The Book Of Boba Fett.
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The first season of The Mandalorian had a reported $100 million budget; the second required less in start-up costs, so had more to devote to actual production.
Star Wars’ longest-running spin-off series is The Clone Wars, which ran for seven seasons, finishing in 2020. The film that kicked it off in 2008 grossed $68 million worldwide against a budget of $8.5 million. The series itself was the most expensive animated series in television history, according to Looper, with a budget of $1 million per episode.
For more details on the relative production costs and global box office revenues of Star Wars movies, visit Statista.