Fast X budget balloons, on track to become the fourth most expensive film of all time

The upcoming 10th part of Fast and furious franchise, Quick Xhas reportedly seen its budget balloon to almost out-of-control costs.

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According to a recent report from The packaging, Quick X‘s budget has reportedly increased to $340 million, which is significantly higher than its predecessor, F9, which had a budget of $200 million. The report notes that the reason for the ballooning of the budget, outside of various tax incentives, can be explained due to the increased salaries of franchise stars Vin Diesel and the rest of the cast, an increase in production costs and pandemic testing requirements for the film due to COVID-19 security protocols.

Should the film’s final budget be officially $340 million, it would cement itself as the fourth-most expensive film ever produced, behind Avengers: Endgame ($365 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($365 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($379 million).

While the budget for Quick X may be increasing, the film series is so popular and such a big box office success for Universal Pictures that it is unlikely to be affected by many rising costs. F9for example, earned $726 million at the box office with Fast and furious the series as a whole grosses over $6 billion in its history. Apart from that, Quick X has been involved in some drama lately, including its director, Justin Lin, leaving the project earlier this year due to reported arguments with Vin Diesel.

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The tenth installment will feature additions by franchise newcomers Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad), and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), where Momoa is expected to portray the antagonist.

The franchise began in 2001 with the release of Fast and furious, which was followed by a number of sequels, spin-offs, video games and merchandise. The cinematic franchise currently has a combined worldwide gross of more than $6 billion.

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