Fast X, the tenth film in Universal Pictures’ Fast and Furious franchise, will be the most expensive in the franchise. According to The Wrap, the film’s budget has been raised to $340 million. That’s 70% more than F9’s announced $200 million budget, and it’s by far the most expensive part.
The dramatic increase in the budget is attributed to an increase in the salary of the series star Vin Diesel and the rest of the actors in the franchise, an overall increase in production costs caused by global inflation, and fees for pandemic testing requirements under COVID-19 safety protocols.
At the same time, no extraordinary filming or extraordinary script ideas are yet known to justify such a cost. Earlier this year, it was reported that Justin Lin dropped out of the project due to creative differences and was replaced by Louis Leterrier. Dan Mazo co-wrote the film script with Lin. There are no details yet regarding the synopsis for the next chapter of the story, but Fast and Furious 10 will be the first of two films to conclude the main saga.
Diesel previously announced moments that will make fans smile. The cast includes Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Charlize Theron, Jason Momoa as the flamboyant villain, and Brie Larson.
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Since the Jurassic World trilogy has just ended, and the Fast and the Furious series should end after the release of the 11th part, scheduled for 2024. Universal will have to redouble its efforts to develop new franchises, relying on lower-budget genre titles that could have big profit potential.
It’s Official: Fast & Furious 10 hits theaters on April 7, 2023, directed by franchise veteran Justin Lin