Netflix’s acclaimed The Crown has often been credited as the most expensive TV series ever made.
If you believe what everybody’s been saying, it costs a crazy $13 million to produce one episode – but that figure could be off the mark.
Creator Peter Morgan has claimed that the show only gets half of that (although $6.5 million is still a large amount, to be fair).
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“No. It’s just not true,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, when asked about whether or not The Crown is the most expensive show of all time. “Netflix gave us money for two seasons, and everybody reported that two-season money as the money for one season, when in fact we got half of that.
“Our money was perfectly generous, but it’s in no way exceptional.
“Unfortunately, there was a lot of misrepresentation. Netflix has been an incredibly supportive partner, but we were reading that and just kept thinking, ‘If only.'”
Netflix previously announced that the second season of the drama will launch on December 8.
The Crown season two will span Queen Elizabeth’s reign from 1956 to ’64 and focus more on the Queen and Prince Philip’s private lives as their family expands with the birth of Princes Andrew and Edward, as well the arrival of Dexter‘s Michael C Hall as JFK.
It will mark both Claire Foy and Matt Smith’s last season on The Crown before older actors are cast, but Foy feels no bitterness at whoever takes over.
“I have taken that role on from other people who’ve played it before. So it’s in the nature of the role that it will keep reincarnating and that that story will keep being told,” she explained.
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