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Ridley Scott’s Apple TV Plus show’s budget makes Game of Thrones look cheap



Game of Thrones was the biggest show of the 21st century. It set new records for viewership, awards won and the budget required to make the show. Being such a big hit ensured that the fans will get to return to Westeros, and that’s why we got the prequel series House of The Dragon. However an upcoming Apple TV Plus crime drama, called the Sinking Spring, is going to put both Game of Thrones and House of The Dragon to shame – at least in terms of its budget.

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What is Sinking Spring about?

Ridley Scott, the creator of the famous Alien movie series, is coming up with a TV adaptation of the crime thriller novel Dope Thief by Dennis Tafoya. The project, titled Sinking Spring, stars Michael Mando of Better Call Saul and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) as two friends posing as DEA agents. The official synopsis reads:

“Follows long-time friends and delinquents who pose as DEA agents to rob a house in the countryside, but end up unintentionally revealing and unraveling the biggest hidden narcotics corridor on the Eastern seaboard.”

How much did the pilot ep cost?

The most interesting thing about the series so far is its massive budget – the pilot episode alone cost over $50 million. That is almost as much as the budget of the entire first season of Game of Thrones! Season 1 of the HBO hit cost around $50-60 million, which breaks down to $5-6 million per episode. The only show that comes close is Amazon’s The Rings of Power, which sits at a smug $58 million per episode.

Who are the actors in Sinking Spring?

Michael Mando of Better Call Saul and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) star as two friends posing as DEA agents. The cast also includes Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible franchise), Dustin Nguyen (The Accidental Getaway Driver), Nesta Cooper (See), Idris Debrand (Dear Edward), Liz Caribel (Pussy Island), Will Pullen (A Little Prayer) and Kaci Walfall (Naomi).

Do you think Sinking Spring will be as good as its budget? Tell us in the comments below!

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