Fast and Furious 10's inflated budget substantially higher than F9

Fast X's budget is reportedly 70% more than F9's budget and the cost will likely go up even further as production comes to a close.

The Fast and the Furious universe is known for constantly pushing limits. Now, according to a new report, the upcoming sequel is pushing the budget limits and getting out of control.

The Wrap recently reported that Fast X's budget had ballooned to a whopping $340 million, which is over $100 million more than the previous film. This would make it the fourth-most expensive film ever, just behind Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Initially reported to be $300 million in May 2022, the budget increased to compensate for the cast's salaries, which are said to be over $100 million, including $20 million for Vin Diesel. Although global inflation has contributed to the budget increase, the root of this can be attributed to the addition of big stars such as Jason Momoa and Brie Larson.

Louis Leterrier replaced Justin Lin as director of Fast X earlier this year.

Additionally, the studio has experienced production crises, adding to the costs. This includes the departure of Justin Lin as the director, allegedly caused by a spat between him and Vin Diesel over the script. While trying to find someone to fill in the vacancy, Universal Pictures reportedly spent $1 million a day to keep the production on hold.

With a combined gross of over $6 billion, The Fast and the Furious is the eighth highest-grossing film series and the most successful Universal Pictures franchise. However, due to its bloated budget and anticipated massive marketing budget, Fast X is highly likely to have a significant decrease in global box office profits compared to its immediate predecessors.

Dwayne Johnson called out Vin Diesel for trying to manipulate him into returning to the franchise.

Fast X is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2023 and will be the second Fast film not to feature Dwayne Johnson since his introduction in Fast Five. The former professional wrestler rejected Vin Diesel's Instagram invitation to return to Fast and Furious 10, reiterating that there was no chance he would return.

Fast X will be the penultimate film in the Fast and Furious universe. However, the films will likely continue life with spin-offs. Brie Larson will reportedly be part of an all-female Fast & Furious film.

Caleb Sama

Film critic with filmstagram page, devoted enthusiast of film, anime, TV shows, and high fantasy literature. Discovered as a young boy that the world existed in as many realities as we could possibly envision, and we are only limited by our own imagination. Just to name a few, his favorite works of art are; One Piece, Attack on Titan, Arcane: League of Legends, The Expanse, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. To quote Alfredo: "Whatever you end up doing, love it." Link up with Caleb on Steam.
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