2022 saw the jurassic world trilogy is coming to an end, leaving Universal Pictures with a less profitable franchise to fall back on. The fast furious the series is also about to end, and The Wrap (via ActioNewz.com) has shared some details about the upcoming tenth episode, x fastit could spell trouble for the studio.
According to insiders, the budget for this upcoming film has now ballooned to $340 million. This is 70% more than last year F9: the fast saga, and by far the most expensive installment of the franchise to date. It is also a number that puts x fast in the same territory as Avengers: Endgameeven if we don’t see this movie grossing nearly $2 billion even though it’s a hit
Commerce notes that the cost of assembling the A-List cast accounts for a large chunk of that massive budget, not to mention the increased production costs created by the pandemic.
However, we can’t imagine director Justin Lin’s decision to leave the film after a run-in with star and producer Vin Diesel helped matters. Now, The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier helms the penultimate chapter of the racing series.
With such a large budget, Universal is unlikely to make as big a profit as usual, a problem for a studio that has few major franchises to draw moviegoers to theaters. However, they hope Jason Blum and James Wan’s new partnership will give them a slate of horror projects, while Illumination (the animation studio behind Minions and Super Mario) remains the key.
x fast attracted big names, including Brie Larson, Academy Award winner and Captain Marvel star. Other additions to the film include Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Daniela Melchoir (The Suicide Squad), and Alan Ritchson.
Returning stars include Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Michael Rooker and Scott Eastwood.
In terms of plot details, very little has been revealed about x fast. However, all you probably need to know is that there will be lots of cars, lots of crazy stunts, and probably quite a few explosions too. Will it get crazier than heading into space? Of course, that remains to be seen for now!
Fast and Furious 10a.k.a x fastis set to hit theaters on May 19, 2023.