Tuesday, August 01, 2006
According to this article it is. From the article:
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” has a budget of $150 million, more than twice the cost of production for the Denzel Washington movie “Déjà Vu” shot earlier this year in town. Producer Michael Arata said the Pitt movie would break all of Paramount's production records. “This is the largest movie ever filmed in the state of Louisiana and the largest movie that Paramount Studios, which has been around forever, has ever tried. So, it’s an enormous, enormous economic boon,” said Arata. Arata said dozens of New Orleanians are already employed on pre-production work for the film. Actual production should begin in November and last through April 2007.
So we have confirmation of a November date (not October as previously reported) and an expensive budget which we knew - but boy is it huge! Paramount is taking a huge risk on this. I've yet to hear if The Zodiac post production will be finished by the time cameras roll around for Benjamin Button. It's gonna be a busy few months for Fincher!