We know that filmmaking is an expensive business in the 21st Century. Even relatively low-budget pictures have budgets in the millions.
However, figures that have been banded about for Marvel’s upcoming Infinity War two-parter are bordering on the ridiculous. At a recent African American Film Critics Association meeting, Pinewood Atlanta Studios co-owner Dan Cathy mentioned the truly mind-rodgering figure of $1 billion being attached to an ongoing project at his facility. And since Disney has booked out the studio for twelve months to film both parts of Infinity Wars, it’s easy to reach conclusions.
Let’s take a minute to think about that. One. Billion. Dollars. Four times the budget of Civil War. The equivalent of the annual Irish defence budget. On two films. Still, it ties with reports that Robert Downey Jr is getting $100 million per movie for Infinity War and that the wage bill for the two movies combined exceeds $400 million. Even taking the cost of wages into account, it is still a truly unbelievable amount of dosh.
Now if anyone wants me, I’ll be off to try and come up with an idea for the next massive blockbuster and then pitch it to The House of Mouse…
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is scheduled for release on 4 May 2018.
Source: The Independent