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INSURERS TO PAY $50M TO COMPLETE FAST & FURIOUS 7

May 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Firemen’s Fund, the company that insured the completion of Fast & Furious 7, may have to pony up as much as $50 million so that Universal can finish the production of the movie, the Hollywood Reporter reported today (Thursday). Most of that amount will be plowed into special effects work being undertaken by New Zealand-based Weta Digital, founded by Peter Jackson, to recreate Paul Walker in several key scenes. The elaborate system, according to THR, will employ three stand-ins for Walker, his two brothers — Cody, 25, for his eyes, and Caleb, 36, for body size and mannerisms — and an unnamed actor for the principal performance. It was not clear whether the actor will also attempt to mimic Walker’s voice. A source told the trade publication, “They are finishing the film more or less as scripted, replacing Paul with [computer-generated] face replacement. … Everything they want with Paul gets done three times over. Three [actors] times seven cameras per shot.” The $50 million that the insurance company will be putting up — reportedly a record payout for a completion bond — is on top of the amount that the studio would have spent had Walker not been killed in an auto accident last November. In reporting on the latest development, Vanity Fair‘s Joanna Robinson commented, “Without knowing details of the plot of Fast & Furious 7, it’s impossible to know for certain whether this hugely expensive effort to keep the illusion of Walker alive is born out of necessity or sentiment.”