Over the summer an article was posted on The Wall Street Journal that referenced an eye-opening $15 million price tag associated with the production of each episode of the new Disney+ Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian. That number was significantly higher than the expected $10 million cost per episode we heard about last year.
In an article posted on The Hollywood Reporter that takes a comprehensive look at Disney’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, the same $15 million cost per episode of The Mandalorian is also mentioned.
Disney is sparing no expense on programming, projecting a 2020 original content budget short of $1 billion. The Mandalorian is said to cost $15 million an episode, for instance, and a source pegs Marvel entries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Hawkeye at as much as $25 million per episode. Rounding out the high-end projects are unscripted and shortform series like Encore with host Kristen Bell, on which adults will restage their high school musicals, and One Day at Disney, which will follow employees in various divisions at the company.
With a production cost of this magnitude, Jon Favreau’s live-action series is bound to be something to behold when the premiere episode lands on November 12.