These 8 Amazon Original Movies Cost A Fortune To Make

In the current age of entertainment, we’re just as likely to see movies being produced and/or distributed by streaming services as we are to see them being made by traditional studios and going exclusively into theatres upon their release. In recent years, the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Sky, and Amazon have been responsible for some truly wonderful titles (and some majorly expensive flops).

The budgets of movies being pushed onto streaming platforms are now comparable to those exclusively produced and distributed by the big studios. In this piece, we’ll be taking you through just a few of the exorbitant examples Amazon have put out, to give you a clear idea of what they can cost to make.

8 Sound Of Metal (2019)

Sound of Metal is a drama directed by Darius Marder, who also co-wrote the movie. It stars Riz Ahmed as a drummer who goes deaf and has to adapt to his job accordingly. Ahmed’s co-stars include the likes of Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff and Mathieu Amalric. The movie won two Academy Awards (for Best Sound and Best Film Editing).

While its original budget was said to be $8 million, around a third of that was eventually cut, meaning it still ended up costing a fairly hefty $5.4 million.

7 The Report (2019)

The Report is a political drama directed by Scott Z. Burns, who also wrote the movie. It stars Adam Driver and an incredible ensemble supporting cast that includes Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney and Jon Hamm. The plot focuses on Senate staffer Daniel Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA’s underhand activities and use of torture following the attacks that occurred on September 11 2001.

After originally having a 50-day filming schedule and an $18 million budget, those were both slashed to 26 days and $8 million respectively – but, of course, $8 million is still a lot of money!

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6 Manchester By The Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea is a psychological drama that was both written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Its cast includes Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges. It’s about a depressed and grief-stricken man who was accidentally responsible for the deaths of his three children. Following the death of his brother, he must care for his teenage nephew. It won two Academy Awards; Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan and Best Actor for Affleck.

It’s an absolutely incredible movie that you simply must watch – and it had a hefty budget of $9 million.

5 One Night In Miami… (2020)

One Night in Miami… is a drama directed by Regina King. It’s based on Kemp Powers’ 2013 stage play of the same name and is a fictionalised account of a real February 1964 meeting between, Cassius Clay AKA Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in a room at the Hampton House, following Clay’s shock heavyweight title success against Sonny Liston.

It stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. and had a whopping budget of $16.9 million, with King being universally praised for what was actually her feature-length directorial debut.

4 Being The Ricardos (2021)

Being the Ricardos is a biographical drama that was both written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. It’s about the relationship between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz – the late stars of classic sitcom I Love Lucy – and it features Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as the couple, respectively. The exceptional supporting cast includes J. K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy and Clark Gregg.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given its star-studded cast, it had a very large production budget of $40 million.

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3 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – or, to give it its full name, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – is a mockumentary comedy movie. Directed by Jason Woliner, it stars Sacha Baron Cohen as the fictional Kazakh journalist and television personality Borat Sagdiyev.

In the movie, Borat’s daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) is to be offered as a bride to then-U.S. vice president Mike Pence, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 presidential election.

Amazon paid $80 million just for the movie’s distribution rights and it cost somewhere between $10 million and $20 million to make, meaning it cost around $100 million all things considered.

2 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022)

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is the a computer-animated comedy adventure and the fourth (and final!) movie in the popular Hotel Transylvania franchise. Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska, its voice cast includes the likes of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Buscemi, David Spade and Keegan-Michael Key.

In the movie, the characters Dracula and Johnny transform into a human and monster respectively, and they must head to South America to fix themselves before the changes become permanent.

It cost Amazon $100 million just to acquire the movie’s rights from Sony – and when you take into account that the movie likely cost around $75 million to make (going by past instalments’ budgets), that’s $175 million in total to get it made and onto the platform.

1 Coming 2 America (2021)

Coming 2 America is a comedy and a sequel to the 1988 movie Coming to America. Directed by Craig Brewer, it stars Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Akeem Joffer (and a number of other characters), as he is crowned king of Zamunda and discovers he has a long-lost son in the United States.

A number of other actors return from the first movie and the amazing supporting cast includes the likes of Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Louie Anderson Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones.

Amazon paid Paramount a cool $125 million to acquire the movie – and with an estimated $60 million budget on top of that $125 million, it’s a $185 million project.

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Sources: Forbes, Variety, The Observer, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Screen.

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