make a production of

make a production (out) of (something)

To make something much more elaborate, complicated, and/or difficult than it is or needs to be. We're just going for a drive into the countryside for the afternoon. I don't know why you're making a big production out of it. The bosses always like to make a big production of our weekly meetings, when they could just save us all the time and send the information in an email.
See also: make, of, production

make a production of

do something in an unnecessarily elaborate or complicated way.
See also: make, of, production