Streaming began an unspoken competition for the most expensive project. First, it became known about the grandiose plans of Amazon Prime. The series based on The Lord of the Rings is predicted to be the most expensive in history. The production of the first season cost the company $ 465 million. Then Netflix entered the fray. According to experts, each episode of the fourth season of Stranger Things cost the service $ 30 million. This is currently a record number. HBO Max decided not to stand aside. Streaming also has insane budgets. The current favorite is House of the Dragon, the prequel to the famous Game of Thrones. The first season will have ten episodes, each costing HBO Max nearly $20 million.
A source close to the production told Variety about the current prices. Despite the fact that Netflix and Amazon HBO Max are still too early to compete, $ 200 million per season is still huge. Although HBO is no stranger, the original, that is, the “Game of Thrones,” at one time also set records. Each season of the series costs approximately $100 million. At the same time, the approximate price of one episode increased every year: from $6 million in the first season to $15 million in the eighth.
The conclusion suggests itself: HBO has huge budgets, but since 2017, when the Game of Thrones finale began filming, the amounts have increased slightly. At the same time, the new series will have much more high-tech and, therefore, expensive chips, such as a bunch of CGI dragons. How has streaming managed to save money? According to insiders, HBO has gotten the hang of making large-scale series and can now shoot high-quality projects as efficiently, effectively, and, so to speak, economically. Local authors have trained well on the Game of Thrones and on the Wild West World with Dark Materials.