After three “Spider-Man” films with Tom Holland, director Jon Watts is turning his back on Marvel to immerse himself in the “Star Wars” universe. For his series “Skeleton Crew” he gets a handsome budget.
In a current Hollywood reporterarticle is actually about how the US state of California is using tax incentives to promote the making of TV series. The authority responsible for this has now announced what benefits it has guaranteed to companies like Warner, Netflix and Co. for upcoming projects so that they leave as much production budget as possible in the state. Among them is a sum of $ 20.9 million to Lucasfilm for a “Star Wars” series for “Skeleton Crew”. In this train revealed the Hollywood reporters the production budget for writer-director Jon Watts’ project: $136 million for the first season.
This sum is quite remarkable. It is probably the highest sum that has been spent on a “Star Wars” series season at Disney + so far. The seasons of “The Mandalorian” and “The Book Of Boba Fett” are said to have cost around 100 million dollars each. There is no final, reliable budget information for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, but reports made the rounds that Lucasfilm had made $90 million available for this. In any case, “Skeleton Crew” is the most expensive “Star Wars” series season to date in terms of overall budget.
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Especially with series, you always have to see absolute budget figures in relation. The total amount depends, among other things, on the number of episodes and the duration of the episodes. With “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, for example, Disney was harshly criticized by parts of the fans that it was a shame that the budget was lower than “The Mandalorian”. What was misunderstood, however, was that the series with Ewan McGregor only has six episodes, and a “Mandalorian” season consists of eight episodes. The $15 million per episode budget for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was even higher than the $12.5 million per episode for “The Mandalorian” – assuming the reported totals are correct. We don’t yet know how many episodes “Skeleton Crew” will get, so the total can not be classified.
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The salary of prominent stars also plays a major role in the overall budget. “The Mandalorian”, for example, did not have a top earner in the regular cast – especially since the main actor Pedro Pascal also had to cut back because he could be doubled in many scenes. Meanwhile, “Skeleton Crew” has a very high-profile name on board in Jude Law, which automatically makes the series more expensive. On the other hand, he may also be the only superstar in the main cast, which could put this spending position into perspective for the entire cast.
The rest of the cast hasn’t been leaked yet, although filming is already underway. Perhaps this is the case because completely unknown faces dress the other leading roles. After all, the story is about a group of kids who probably steal a spaceship and experience adventures in the “Star Wars” universe with it.
“Star Wars: Skeleton Crewis slated to come to Disney+ in 2023.
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