Justin Lin ‘s departure from Fast & Furious 10 is said to cost Universal between $600,000 and $1 million per day! Because that’s how much money the studio has to shell out to keep the cast and crew on site so that they can get going again quickly as soon as a replacement is found. That seems to be the case now: The Transporter and The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier is set to take over and the deal with him is expected to be finalized this week. But he gets on board a real mammoth project…
Because “Fast & Furious 10” is supposed to surpass all previous parts – and Universal is said to be digging deep into their pockets for that. According to a background story in the well- known Hollywood Reporter , the pure production budget of «Fast & Furious 10» is already north of the 300 million dollar mark. To be clear, we’re just talking about the cost of the shoot here — no marketing. And we’re talking about the sum before Lin left.
Vin Diesel collects – and is the focus of criticism
A huge share goes to the accounts of the numerous stars of the film. Charlize Theron pays well for her ever-growing role. Cast newcomers like Jason Momoa and Brie Larson were probably lured on board with a lot of money. And all of that shouldn’t be anything compared to the sum that Vin Diesel rakes in as lead actor and producer.
But Diesel of all things is now the focus of criticism in the reporting on Lin’s exit. Even if the director himself refuses to make any statement beyond the official announcement with the famous «creative differences», the Hollywood Reporter is not the only one to paint a very negative picture of the superstar.
Vin Diesel — out of shape and constantly wanting changes?
The New York Daily News reports that the actor shows up late on set, doesn’t know his dialogues and is out of shape. There are allegations that are strongly reminiscent of the dispute with Dwayne Johnson and led to the departure of the former co-star.
The Hollywood Reporter paints a somewhat more complex picture. So Lin was convinced that the script he had co-written was now complete, but not only Diesel, but also Studio Universal had made comments and requested changes. It’s known, because Vin Diesel made it public himself, that the superstar requested that Jordana Brewster be scripted as Mia, even though she wasn’t originally part of the plan. Additional problems are said to have caused a short-term change of location due to the war in Ukraine and the lack of casting for one of the villain characters.
In the end, however, the conflict between the superstar and the director escalated – at a meeting on April 23rd. Vin Diesel suddenly brought new comments to this. According to a Hollywood Reporter source , it was finally enough for Lin da. The director clarified that this film is not worth his mental health. Within two days, an agreement was reached on his exit.
However, Universal itself denied that part of the story: All creative differences that led to the exit were between the studio and Lin, not between the filmmaker and other producers, cast or crew. Of course, this is an attempt to take Vin Diesel out of the line of fire.
«Fast & Furious 10» aka «Fast X» is scheduled to hit theaters on May 18, 2023. It is now eagerly awaited whether and how Lin’s films will be followed up and how gigantic this $300 million blockbuster will look in the end.
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