It looks like the well meaning production of Fast & Furious 7 is at risk of getting grubby.
Many lines have already been written on how exactly the team would get around the tragic death of Paul Walker last year. Work, it was decided, would go ahead on the film, with a combination of actors, old footage, CGI and Walker's own brothers being used to finish off the role. An honourable effort indeed but an expensive one too and it now seems that the film's insurers, Fireman's Fund, might face a record $50 million claim.
As THR reports:
Fireman's Fund entertainment underwriting director Wendy Diaz noted that delays alone can cost as much as $250,000 a day on a big- budget movie, adding up to "millions of dollars."
Filming on Fast & Furious 7 was delayed for almost 4 months and extra writing was of course needed too so, on top of all the effects work we mentioned above, the budget has been estimated to have risen to $250 million. An eye watering figure but if Universal's representatives are anything to go by, the insurer has been "nothing but supportive".
Injury and tragedy can be a financial spanner in the works for any production. Insurers reportedly paid out 15 million when Robert Downey Jr. broke his ankle during production of Iron Man 3. It's interesting stuff indeed and you can head over to The Hollywood Reporter for a more in depth look.
[Fast & Furious 7](movie:264263) opens April 10th next year.