How can you put a cost on human life? You can't. But you can attempt to put a price on how much that person's absence can cost a company. And in the case of Paul Walker, that could turn out to be as much as $50 million.

That's how much Universal Pictures is expected to claim from its insurance in order to finish filming Fast & Furious 7 without its late star, Paul Walker, who was killed over five months ago in a car crash in LA. When the fatal accident occurred, Walker was in the midst of filming the seventh installment of the wildly popular Fast & Furious franchise. Rather than scrap the project or start anew – both of which would have undoubtedly cost the studio even more – Universal chose to finish the film, using a combination of other actors (including Walker's brothers) and CGI to fill in where Walker would be missed.

The process will not only cost the studio extra time – including some high-priced salaries like that of Vin Diesel – but also a veritable fortune to orchestrate the intricate camerawork and computer animation to digitally recreate Paul Walker's likeness on screen.

Fortunately, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Universal is insured for such calamity, and with the delays and added costs now estimated at $50 million (on top of the film's original budget of $200 million), it's reportedly passing on that cost to its underwriters. The Fireman's Fund Insurance Company is apparently in the process of working out the specifics with the studio's insurance broker, Albert G. Ruben at Aon, but if it ends up paying the $50 million bill, it would be the largest insurance claim of its kind in history. Previous notable claims were made for $20 million when John Candy died during the filming of Wagons East! in 1994 and for an estimated $10-15 million when Robert Downey Jr. broke his ankle during the filming of Iron Man 3.


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      Brian
      • 7 Months Ago
      It's a shame to see such negative comments here. Come on guys, we're better than this.
      Koenigsegg
      • 7 Months Ago
      damn 6 months already. Paul..... so sad
      Narom
      • 7 Months Ago
      How much of that will be going to his family?
        onewayroll
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Narom
        None of it..it isn't a life insurance policy. I'm sure Paul had a life insurance policy to cover his daughter's future
        Jazzor
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Narom
        My god... Can you people sit down and use a little more brain power when coming up with these dumb comments??
          sforza209
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jazzor
          Apparently not.. I'm sure this movie is going to do good in the box office though for people wondering how it'll look with the CGI and double of Paul Walker. RIP.
        chonnes
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Narom
        Was his family starring in the movie?
      E85 450HP Forester
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why is he being treated as a hero?
        Card13
        • 7 Months Ago
        @E85 450HP Forester
        The studio needs extra money to effectively finish the movie without him. They have insurance which covers additional expenses after the loss of an actor. That's all the article is saying. How is anyone calling him a hero?
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