“Why would any show need to be this expensive?”: The Acolyte Budget Makes No Sense That Puts Game of Thrones and Taylor Sheridan’s ‘1883’ to Shame

Fans have a hard time believing The Acolyte cost more than Game of Thrones or 1883 to make.

The Acolyte, Game of Thrones


  • Disney has reportedly spent over $180 million to make Star Wars' latest TV show, The Acolyte.
  • A shocking budget for the 8 episode series, it cost more than Game of Thrones or Taylor Sheridan's 1883.
  • A huge gamble for Disney, even fans are shocked that it spent $22.5 million per episode.
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Since the age of prestige TV, the budget to make these shows have skyrocketed to new heights. With each passing year, a new TV show debuts that contains an extremely, unbelievably, high budget, taking the bar higher and higher in these wars of budgets. Yet some studios have no intention of slowing down. Disney has reportedly spent $180 million on its newest Star Wars series, The Acolyte.

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Disney+’s The Acolyte | Lucasfilm

$180 million for a series with 8 30-minute-long episodes, the budget is enormous, especially when compared to other critically acclaimed and expensive TV shows like Game of Thrones or Taylor Sheridan’s 1883.

Disney Reportedly Spent $180 Million on The Acolyte

Amandla Stenberg in a still from the upcoming series.
Amandla Stenberg in a still from The Acolyte | Lucasfilm

With the Star Wars universe so wide and expansive, it is hard to follow and keep track of every single event and moment. However, Disney’s upcoming series, The Acolyte, is a standalone Star Wars TV show that requires no prior knowledge of George Lucas’ space opera universe.


Created by Leslye Headland, the series is more representative compared to some projects within the mythos, starring women in prominent roles and featuring an ensemble cast, including people of color. However, when the trailer of the series debuted, fans hardly had any positive reactions in the comments. Currently having just 194K likes and more than 10 million views since it was posted on March 19, the reactions seem concerning seeing how much Disney spent on the series.

In the works for four years, The Acolyte will have 8 episodes, each over 30 minutes long. Debuting on Disney+ soon, the series reportedly cost the studio over $180 million, with $22.5 million per episode (via The New York Times). A shockingly high budget, the series budget puts Game of Thrones at $15 million per episode for 6 episodes in Season 8 (as per Metro.co.uk) to shame.

Even Taylor Sheridan‘s 1883, which contained an incredible cast, cost around $169 million to create 10 45/67-minute-long episodes (via THR) is nothing compared to Disney’s upcoming The Acolyte, at least in terms of its budget.


Fans React to The Acolyte’s Shocking $180 Million Budget

Lee Jung-jae as Sol in Star Wars: The Acolyte
Lee Jung-jae as Sol in Star Wars: The Acolyte | Lucasfilm

The world of cinema has seen several expensive TV shows debut and fail, such as Disney’s Secret Invasion, which had a whopping $211.6 million production cost! (via Forbes) With each episode costing about $35.5 million, the series was a failure of epic proportions, with many describing it as one of the worst MCU series ever.

Seeing how Disney has failed to live up to the hype anymore, and has been cruelly lambasted by fans for messing up the Star Wars franchise, spending $180 million for a series like The Acolyte is a huge gamble that makes no sense at all. As the cost of the series went viral across social media, this is what fans had to say:



Containing an incredible cast that includes Amanda Stenberg in the lead, Squid Game’s famed South Korean megastar Lee Jung-jae, Jodie Turner, and Carrie-Anne Moss, fans so far remain unconvinced that the show will even be watchable.


As the series mammoth of a budget continues to make headlines, only time will tell whether it will be Disney’s winning hand or a losing one.

The Acolyte will debut on Disney+ on June 4.


Written by Maria Sultan

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