The cost of filming on Fast & Furious 7, which will be completed using CGI and body doubles for Paul Walker, will reportedly cost insurers $50m.
Actor Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the franchise, was killed in a car crash last year (November 30). Since his death, there has been speculation about the plans for the next film in the series and the project was placed on “indefinite hiatus”.
However, it has since been confirmed that filming will continue on the film using a mixture of CGI technology and body doubles at record-breaking expense to insurers, Fireman’s Fund. The Hollywood Reporter states that a 13-week shoot will conclude in July with a big crowd scene involving 600 people. Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb are expected to film some scenes in place of the late actor.
Caleb Walker will be used for his body size and mannerisms, as well as Cody’s eyes and the acting performance of an as yet unnamed actor. Unused material starring Walker from the previous two Fast & Furious films will also be used. Peter Jackson’s Weta is tackling the effects work using three cameras.
The previous largest insurance claim is thought to be the $20m incurred in replacing John Candy when he died while filming Wagons East! in 1994.