Based on the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher live-action series became one of the most successful Netflix original productions. Its first 2 seasons racked up millions of views and received mixed ratings, though the prequel spin-off Blood Origin fared worse on both fronts. In any case, these productions represented a multi-million dollar investment.
TV project budgets are often a mystery, as they are rarely released to the public. However, UK-based production companies must submit data from their financial statements, which includes the salary of the staff involved and more, to get a tax credit.
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It is thanks to this that there is a lot of public information related to the production of The Witcher series and its prequel. The Forbes medium analyzed this data and, in a report, released the approximate costs of each season of the show starring Henry Cavill and the spin-off that has the participation of actress Michelle Yeoh.
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Netflix spent a million dollars on The Witcher series
It is important to note that Netflix used subsidiary companies to produce each season of the TV show and the prequel.
According to the information, the company Hocus Pocus Productions was responsible for producing Season 1. The project cost about $92.1 million, that is, around $11.5 million per episode. On the other hand, Season 2 was produced by the Thetford Productions subsidiary and represented a much higher cost. Specifically, Netflix spent $176.4 million, about $22 million per episode.
Thus, the production of the first 2 seasons of the series that tells the story of Geralt de Rivia cost $268.4 million.
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The next project on the list is The Witcher: Blood Origin, a series produced by Ripper Productions. The data provided only covers until September 30, 2021, 2 months before the filming ended. According to the report, Netflix spent $50.3 million not including post-production costs.
According to information compiled by Forbes, the streaming giant invested $318.7 million in the first 2 seasons of the fantasy show and the prequel that debuted in 2022.
We must remember that Season 3, which will be divided into 2 parts, will debut this summer and will mark a point of no return, as Henry Cavill will abandon the role of Geralt of Rivia and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth will be his replacement in subsequent seasons. Furthermore, an animated movie is in the works.
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