“The Acolyte” Spent $49M On Pre-Production



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A new feature piece at Forbes has revealed that Disney has reportedly spent $49.2 million on the pre-production alone of its new “Star Wars” series “The Acolyte”.

That’s considerably more than the $43.7 million spent on pre-production of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” film, but less than the $67.9 million spent on pre-production of the first season of “Andor”.

Filming on “Andor” took place at the height of COVID-19 pandemic with subsequent safety protocols inflating the final budget to $250 million – still the most expensive pre-production spend of any new “Star Wars” series. That figure was for twelve episodes though, whereas “Star Wars: The Acolyte” clocks in at eight episodes.

“The Acolyte” unfolds during early waning days of the High Republic, around a century before the events of the first “Star Wars” prequel “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” when the Jedi were at the height of their powers.

The cast includes Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”), Dafne Keen (“His Dark Materials”), Manny Jacinto (“The Good Place”) and Carrie Ann Moss (“The Matrix Resurrections”) whilst it was reported a few days ago that Keanu Reeves will apparently have a cameo in the show.

Filming on the series began in October at Shinfield Studios just outside London. Documents filed with the UK Government indicate spending on the series was “forecasted to be in line with the production budget”.

Source: Forbes




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