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Fast & Furious 10's Budget Is Said To Have Topped $300 Million Due To Cast Salaries

Fast & Furious 10's budget has allegedly surpassed $300 million, thanks in part to the franchise's rising cast's pay.

The ninth installment in the series, F9, was released last year in the midst of the global pandemic and generated the lowest box office earnings since 2011's Fast Five, with $726 million worldwide. Even with the pandemic release challenge, F9 was a failure compared to the previous edition, The Fate of the Furious, which grossed $1.2 billion. After a sabbatical following 2013's Fast & Furious 6, franchise director Justin Lin returned to film F9 (his fourth outing with the series at the time). The filmmaker proceeded straight into Fast X and was slated to direct the eleventh picture as well, but walked out owing to creative disagreements lately. Louis Leterrier, the director of The Incredible Hulk, will now take over the role.

The problems that have plagued Fast X have been brought to light in a new story by THR. It details everything that led up to Lin's departure, including a budget that has reportedly ballooned to $300 million and was driven to that level by cast pay. Universal is said to have spent more than $100 million on casting for Fast X, which features franchise regulars like Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, and Tyres Gibson, as well as new big-name talent like Jason Momoa and Brie Larson (as well as Charlize Theron, who is becoming a recurring regular). Diesel, who is the most paid of all the performers, earns "nine and ten figure wages," especially when his producing position is taken into account.

Lin's unexpected departure didn't help matters either, with some claiming that the studio was spending up to $1 million a day just to keep everyone on standby until they could get someone behind the camera. In comparison, F9 was believed to have a budget of $200 million, which is a significant boost even by itself, especially when compared to the first film in the series, which had a budget of only $38 million. The pressure is on to see if the juice is worth the squeeze on the ever-growing giant that is the Fast & Furious series, with Fast & Furious 11 poised to round up the current franchise arc and the studio hopes to conclude as strong and successful as possible.

Fast & Furious has made the guest star aspect a big part of the series, which set the bar when Dwayne Johnson joined the cast. From Fast Five through The Fate of the Furious, Johnson's character featured, but he chose not to return to the franchise, citing his feud with Diesel as the cause (he also starred in the first spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw). Johnson's presence aided in bringing in additional guest stars such as Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, John Cena, and Helen Mirren, but the expense was not insignificant. While it's one of the finest features of the Fast & Furious franchise, the desire to boost the ante on guest actors has increased the budget, which will no likely continue to rise when Fast X begins the hard work of bringing the franchise to a close on a high note. Fast X is slated to be released in theaters on May 19th, 2023.

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