'Fast & Furious 7' Budget Balloons as CG Paul Walker Adds $50 Million

Paul Walker Fast and Furious 7 face replacement
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The Hollywood Reporter has an update on the status of Fast & Furious 7 as the production budget on the film has ballooned to $250 million in the wake of Paul Walker's death. Originally expected to cost $200 million, the additional $50 million has become a source of tension between Universal and the film's insurer, Fireman's Fund.

In addition to this, a source tells THR the film will be finished "more or less as scripted" with Walker's role as Brian replaced using CG face replacement through the help of Paul's brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, but that's not the end of it:

"They have two of Paul's brothers as well as an actor to 'play' Paul when needed." (The Walker brothers, 25-year-old Cody and 36-year-old Caleb, both are helping fill in for their brother physically -- Caleb primarily for body size and mannerisms and Cody for the eyes. But the filmmakers need to create a character that not only looks like Paul but also performs like him. That's the actor's job.) Peter Jackson's Weta is tackling the effects work using three cameras (in addition to the main-unit cameras) to capture Walker's stand-ins for face replacement. "There is a massive amount of gear," reports the source. "Everything they want with Paul gets done three times over. Three [actors] times seven cameras per shot is a clusterf--- of money being spent."

James Wan is directing the film and this will make for quite the curious. Will we be stuck trying to figure out when we're actually seeing the real Walker vs. the CG Walker? How will it affect the performances of the other actors, not as if the Fast and Furious franchise has been a hotbed for wonderful performances, but something like this does sound like it could affect the mojo and for $250 million?

That's quite a hefty sum, though given the $788+ million Fast & Furious 6 brought in, I'm sure the studio will be fine and we'll get Fast & Furious 8 soon enough.

Fast and Furious 7 is set for an April 10, 2015 release.

  • Theresa Craig

    to say goodby and give the respect he deserves,shouldnt have a price tag,after all,i am sure they didn't mind making all the money they did while he was alive.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    50 million for 3 actors who's are going to be CGI'd with Paul Walkers face. 7 cameras is a lot, but how many people are working on this? Not that I'm here to tell a billion dollar studio how to spends their money but there has to be a more efficient way to do things.

    How many small movies can you make with that kind of money, 5-10?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

    Interesting. How much CG are they going to use? I'm guessing they'll need it though. I don't think Walker filmed a scene where he said goodbye to Vin Diesel and I'm guessing that's what they're using this for.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    It better be doing the previous film's numbers for Box Office or an 8th one is gonna not be in play.

  • andyluvsfilms

    With the general morbid curiosity of most people I'm pretty sure this film is gonna make bank.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Well, I guess it's a good sign they're putting in so much money, since it means it's gonna look pretty good/realistic.

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    That series has made plenty of money. It'll be fine.

  • bggatbdl

    The crazy cost overruns reminds me of the criminal Bush Administration, who was more interested in paying off their cronies at Halliburton, Big Oil, and Wall Street, instead of caring for women, children, minorities, and gays, who desperately need social services that were denied. How else do you think the Koch Brothers got so rich? I think this movie will be fun to watch, and hopefully it is just like Fast 5, which was clearly an allegory of Americans desperate to escape the criminal Republican regime under Bush.