Citadel: The Russo Brothers spy series for Amazon will be one of the most expensive ever

Thanks to the incredible box office success of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo have been given a lot of leeway when it comes to budgets. Studios are willing to throw a lot of money at the duo who directed one of the highest-grossing films of all time, but the budget for one of their upcoming projects seems to be spiraling out of control. The Russo Brothers are behind Citadel, a spy thriller series for Amazon, intended as one of their flagship programs. However, THR has reported that behind-the-scenes battles have led to half the creative team leaving the series, prompting a slew of reshoots that have pushed the budget over $200 million.

Citadel is meant to be oneAvengers-style spy show”, as it is about spies from all over the world coming together for the ultimate mission. The series also has built-in franchise potential, as each of the spies could star in their own films in their home countries. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec wrote the script for the seven-episode series starring Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The production shot for most of 2021, but sources told THR that Amazon had some reservations when they finally saw the footage. As The Russo Brothers focused on The gray man while Citadel shot, they weren’t as involved as they could have been. Amazon brought in the Russians to try to save Citadeland two cuts of the series appeared, one from the Russos and the other from Appelbaum and Nemec.

It appears that Amazon decided to go with the Russo Brothers and Appelbaum was let go from the project in December. His exit was made by director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) to leave as well as several others. A source connected to Citadel told THR, “What should have happened was Joe turned to Josh and said, ‘Let’s get together and fix this’ instead of going solo. That’s not what partners are supposed to do.” David Weil (Hunters) was brought in to rewrite the series with cinematographer Thomas Sigel (Drive) Healing of the retakes. At the end of the day, the creative differences and long reshoots pushed the price down Citadel in the $250 million range. The series does not yet have an official release date, but it is now in post-production. Time will tell if all that money will be worth it.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerwho has Citadel beat as the most expensive TV series of all time, debuts on Prime Video tomorrow.

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