Making the Death Star and 'Star Wars' in 2012 dollars
A million voices cried out and were suddenly silenced when the U.S. government denied a citizens petition to build a Death Star last week. That's okay, because if you thought we were teetering on a fiscal cliff before, imagine what would happen if we tried to replicated something from a log time ago in a galaxy far far away.
Here are some figures I found this morning.
- $40 million: Pricetag for George Lucas to have made his original Star Wars movie in 2012, according to Forbes.
- $3 billion: The profit Lucas would have seen when dollars are adjusted for today's economy.
- $852,000,000,000,000,000: Cost to build Death Star today, according to study by economics students at Lehigh University.
- 833,315 years: Time to build Death Star using today's production rate of steel.
By the way, among the official reasons for the denial by the government came this gem: "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"