Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Could Disney really be spending $300 million on the Tron sequel? Buried in a recently published article in the Vancouver Sun is the following paragraph:
Some of you might remember that Time Magazine recently incorrectly attributed a $300+ million budget to James Cameron’s Avatar, but the studio was quick to extinguish those claims (The correct figure was “in excess of $200 million.”) So it is very possible (more than possible, likely) that the Vancouver Sun has the wrong number, but it also isn’t completely out of the question. But for now lets mark this as rumor.
They also inaccurately call the sequel a “remake”. Disney revealed a new title for the film at ShoWest, the same exact title for the first film – Tron. And from what I understand from the leaked bits so far, the plot is somewhat similar to the first film. The whole thing is actually kinda confusing, so I could understand how they could get mixed up.
Spider-Man 3 producers insistedthat the film’s budget didn’t exceed $270 million, but some reports claimed a number closer to $350 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End had an estimated budget of around $300 million. But aside from those two films, no film has officially crossed the $240 million budget mark. You can see a nice list of film budgets on wikipedia, although keep in mind that studio released numbers and actual numbers are always much different.