It was only recently that Time Magazine printed an error asserting that James Cameron’s Avatar cost in excess of $300M, thereby making it the most expensive movie of all time. Time quickly amended their report to say the film cost $200M, once again leaving Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End to hold the official record ($300M).
Now it seems we have a new contender. An obscure article by the Vancouver Sun has pinned Disney’s sequel to Tron, also confusingly titled Tron, as tying with Pirates as the most expensive movie of all time. From the Vancouver Sun:
Vancouver post-production units are salivating at the prospects presented by the Disney remake of Tron, which carries a whopping $300 million budget and opportunities aplenty for effects and digital polish.
The guys at Slashfilm point out that there is at least one glaring error in the Vancouver Sun post, namely that despite sharing the same name as its 1982 predecessor Tron is not a remake – it’s a sequel. So it is also quite possible that they’ve got the budget wrong too.
Disney has yet to publicly confirm the budget to their much anticipated sequel, and may never do. Film studio’s are generally tight lipped about exact production figures so the likelihood that the Vancouver Sun would be privvy to this information is low. If the figure is correct, then Tron’s budget would be roughly 20 times the budget of the first movie.
Yet even if a figure of $300M is incorrect it seems Tron is at the very least going to be very expensive if not one of the most expensive movies of all time and, given the nature of the material, is almost certain to deliver a visual effects extravaganza.
Note: For clarification, the sequel to Tron was initially titled TR2N. It was renamed to Tron 2.0, then Tron 2, before Disney indicated at this years ShoWest that it would be titled simply Tron. So if you’re confused, don’t worry, we all are.
UPDATE April 14 2009: Slashfilm report that inside sources state Tron’s budget is no where near the $300M mark, not even in Canadian dollars. Disney won’t comment so that’s the best answer we’ll get.