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Scorsese's HBO Show Cost $50 Million

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And that's just for the first episode!

Martin Scorsese's new HBO show, Boardwalk Empire, cost $50 million to shoot the first one-hour episode of the 1920s-based drama.

WTF?!

"It's a huge period piece with a gigantic cast," said a source. "Obviously, the rest of the episodes are cheaper because they'll reuse props, sets and costumes, but the first one was really pricey."

They may have a huge cast, but how much could Steve Buscemi cost?!

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8 comments to “Scorsese's HBO Show Cost $50 Million”



  1. 1

    Doctors Without Borders could put this $50 million to much better use than a one episode TV show. What a waste!!!



  2. 2

    "Martin Scorsese's new HBO show, Boardwalk Empire, cost $50 million to shoot the first one-hour episode of the 1920s-based drama."
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    The above sentence is so badly-written, it's almost hard to believe.
    How about hiring a real writer?



  3. 3

    The set is intense. Its worth it.



  4. 4

    Whatever the Steve Buscemi price tag, he's worth it



  5. 5

    It's very common for hour long series to cost 50-70 million to get started.



  6. 6

    I read the book a few years ago and can not wait till this comes out. Atlantic City has a great history.



  7. 7

    not surprising, first episodes do usually make a large dent overall but if martin scorcese is directing this it will be worth it.



  8. 8

    This is why HBO cancelled "Rome". One of the greatest shows they've ever had, littered with Golden Globes, cancelled after 2 seasons bc they couldn't afford it. I hope they are not starting something else that they can't finish.