7. Blockbuster Budget
It’s no secret that big budget action movies break the bank with price tags in the hundreds of millions, but until recently, most television shows cost a fraction of that. The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series budget for 10 episodes of the first season of Westworld hovered around $100 million, with a quarter of that sum apparently going into the pilot episode. That’s $25 million for a single episode of television. However, when HBO commits to something, it commits to something (er, unless the show is called Vinyl). The budget on the Game of Thrones pilot had an apparent price tag of $20 million – and was completely scrapped and reshot!
If the reports about Westworld’s pilot and series budgets are true, then that leaves a measly $8.3 million for the rest of the season 1 episodes. Based on its early success, Westworld proves that a big, chunky budget is no longer reserved for the summer blockbuster.