The budget for “Fast & Furious 10” went through the roof. According to the American website The Wrap, the production of the 10th film in the franchise is costing around US$ 340 million.
This makes the film the third most expensive film of all time, behind only “Avengers: Endgame” ($350 million) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” ($376.5 million).
If the numbers are correct, the film would need to make at least $1 billion at the box office just to break even.
The high costs are due to the increasingly expensive cast, the sudden change of director, the number of cars destroyed in the filming and preventive security measures against covid-19, among other factors.
The value is 70% higher than the final production cost of “Fast and Furious 9”, which was around US$ 200 million.
Production on “Fast & Furious 10” began filming on April 20 with Justin Lin back in the director’s chair. But in less than a week, he walked out of the job, citing “creative differences”. Vin Diesel had publicly complained that the story excluded the character of Mia, played by Jordana Brewster, and that could not be accepted.
Universal then brought in French director Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) to take charge of the feature, but until its definition, the team received a month’s salary to do nothing, awaiting guidance.
The continuation, which is being announced as the end of the franchise, also increased the cost of hiring stars such as Brie Larson (the “Captain Marvel”), Daniela Melchior (the Ratcatcher II of “The Suicide Squad”), Rita Moreno (“Amor , Sublime Amor”), Alan Ritchson (“Reacher”) and Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”) to join the already great team of protagonists – Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, Charlize Theron, and possibly even Jason Statham.
The premiere is scheduled for May 18, 2023 in Brazil, one day before the US release.