'Fast & Furious 7' Budget Hits $250M After Paul Walker's Death

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 01:02 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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After the death of star Paul Walker, the budget for "Fast & Furious 7" has soared to $250 million due to delays and new special effects needed to include Walker in the film, The Motley Fool reports.

That puts "Fast & Furious 7" on pace to be the most expensive film made since Disney's "John Carter" in 2012. The bad news is that no movie wants to be compared to "John Carter," one of Hollywood's biggest flops, making $284 million worldwide and a paltry $73 million domestically.

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The "Fast & Furious 7" price tag is already twice as expensive as 2011's "Fast Five" and $90 million more than the last movie in the franchise installment "Fast & Furious 6" in 2013.

Walker died as a passenger in a violent car crash last November while on break from shooting the film as he participated in a fundraiser for his charity Reach out Worldwide. Walker was with friend and former race car driver Roger Rodas when the 2005 Porsche Carrera Rodas guided crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames.

His death brought "Fast & Furious 7" production to a standstill until this spring when Walker's two brothers, Caleb and Cody, were recruited to step in and help finish the star's scenes.

The Hollywood Reporter says Caleb Walker is being used for his brother's body size and mannerisms and Cody for his eyes, while Peter Jackson's Weta technology is being employed for the expensive face replacement process.

The award-winning but costly technology has been used in the current "Hobbit" series, "Iron Man 3," and "The Wolverine," along with the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

"There is a massive amount of gear," one source told The Hollywood Reporter about the "Fast & Furious 7" shoots with the technology. "Everything they want with Paul gets done three times over. Three (actors) times seven cameras per shot is a clusterf— of money being spent."

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