According to an article written by The Wall Street Journal, each episode of Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian carried a cost of nearly $15 million to produce, which is a significant increase from the reported $10 million cost per episode we heard about last summer.
When Netflix began making “House of Cards” in 2013 at $4.5 million an episode, it looked like a costly bet. Now, Disney has built intergalactic-desert landscapes for the “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian,” whose cost for an episode approaches $15 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Amazon.com Inc. spent $250 million just for the rights to develop a “Lord of the Rings” series. Apple signed up “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa for its fantasy series “See,” while Showtime has the videogame adaptation “Halo” and Warner Bros. prepares Frank Herbert’s “Dune.”
No matter how you slice it, these financial figures prove one undeniable point: Disney is putting their money where their mouth is in terms of making sure The Mandalorian‘s production value is extremely high. It will be interesting to hear how/if the budget fluctuates with the episodes contained in Season 2.
The premiere episode of The Mandalorian (an eight-episode Season 1) arrives on November 12 in conjunction with the launch of the new Disney+ streaming service.