When Amazon first announced that they were doing a “Lord of the Rings” show . . . it sounded like they were going BIG to make it the next “Game of Thrones”. Well, they’re sure spending big.
The price tag for Season 1 just hit the Internet, and it’s $465 million. Yes, they’re spending almost half-a-BILLION on the first season. And they’re planning on doing FIVE seasons.
“Game of Thrones” cost roughly $100 million per season. In the beginning, each episode cost around $6 million . . . but by the end, that budget grew to around $15 million per episode.
The “Hollywood Reporter” notes that this number could include the $250 million Amazon paid for the rights to “The Lord of the Rings”. And there are start-up costs they won’t have to pay again . . . like for costumes and props.
(I guess for Jeff Bezos, that price tag isn’t too bad. He’s supposedly worth $197.8 billion . . . so what’s $465 million?)
(For ROUGH comparison, it’s like if you have $500K to your name . . . including your house, car, and stuff . . . and you spent $1,175 making a YouTube video for your business.)