Recently, in an interview with Jerry Bruckheimer, he said
Beverly Hills Cop wasn’t expensive at all. It’s just so hard to make a successful movie to begin with, and to figure out which can be sustained. A lot of movies I’ve done, like The Lone Ranger, could have been franchises. But the audience didn’t brace itself for what might happen next with the characters. That is just how it has always happened. The difference is that now, everything is just a lot more expensive. Back then, Top Gun cost $14 million and Beverly Hills Cop was $8 million.
– Jerry Bruckheimer
Did he just say Beverly Hills Cop was $8 million?
People forget that movies once cost ONLY… (yes, only) $8 million dollars. As compared to the mega block buster budgets of today.
But he acknowledges, right of the bat, that its the budget that is virutally irrelevant. It’s the characters. If you make a film, regardless of the budget, and the audience gets on the ride with the characters, then you are off to the races.