Production on FAST & FURIOUS 7 Delayed Following Paul Walker’s Death

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Filming on Fast & Furious 7 was halfway finished when Paul Walker died last night in a car crash.  The actor, who starred in all but one of the Fast & Furious movies, had not completed his work on the upcoming sequel.   Naturally, production has been delayed not only to give Walker’s friends, family, and co-workers time to grieve.  However, the production is delayed indefinitely as Universal Studios, the producers, and director James Wan try to figure out how to proceed without one of the movie’s lead actors.  According to The Wrap, shooting, which included scenes with Walker, was scheduled to resume this week in Atlanta following the holiday break.  The production was then scheduled to go to Abu Dhabi to continue filming.  That plan now seems highly unlikely as are any plans regarding the future of Fast & Furious 7.

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fast-and-furious-7-paul-walker-vin-diesel-kurt-russellAccording to The Wrap, Wan and Universal have “not make any concrete determinations as to how the story or production would be altered,” and “They also have not determined if the scheduled release date will need to change.”  Fast & Furious 7 is currently set to open on July 11, 2014.

While this business talk may seem crass, and the adage “the show must go on” may come off as somewhat glib, remember that this was Walker’s franchise as much as it was Vin Diesel‘s.  And while I won’t rewrite the past and pretend his work in these movies bowled me over (I was far more impressed with his work in Running Scared), his performance as Brian O’Conner endeared Walker to millions of fans.  I would be shocked if they tried to cut him out of Fast & Furious 7 entirely, but we also don’t know how much of his shooting was completed and how important those scenes are to the finished film.

There’s a business aspect on how to continue, but part of that business is figuring out how to respect the fans by respecting Walker’s legacy.

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  • Chase

    Honestly Jason S. is probably going to kill him off, which will be more of a revenge with his kid and wife still behind.

    • Bob

      I thought about this to but…they cant even show him on screen die…which just sucks…

      RIP man…so sad…the franchise you started so many years ago is one of my favorites and most fun to watch. You will be missed.

      • Gerard Kennelly

        they showed heath in a body bag in TDK

      • Ronald Coodby

        That never happened.. he was arrested at the end. and he didn’t die during the filming, it was 100% complete

      • Gerard Kennelly

        i thought joker cried and said ” jack i swear ”

    • Bob

      I thought about this to but…they cant even show him on screen die…which just sucks…

      RIP man…so sad…the franchise you started so many years ago is one of my favorites and most fun to watch. You will be missed.

  • Chase

    Honestly Jason S. is probably going to kill him off, which will be more of a revenge with his kid and wife still behind.

  • Leo Spaceman

    I think that the people who have been with the series for a while now should be the people who decide if they continue. Personally I hope they do continue the series to honor him.

    I can’t imagine how painful it would be for them but I would hope they would rework the story so that they could use the material they have of Paul and pay homage to him but to have him die in this film. I know even though its a brainless movie I would be crushed if I was watching it in theaters and the other actors pain would come through on the screen. I would completely respect them if they chose not to finish the movie but with these actors I would believe that they would chose to fight through the pain and pay tribute to a beloved friend.

    I don’t believe Paul would want them to just quit the movie, he would want them to finish what they all started together.

    Most importantly though my thoughts are with Paul’s Daughter Meadow and I wish her nothing but strength to cope with her pain right now.

  • Gerard Kennelly

    recast the part with ryan reynolds
    he can play that kinda role
    see Safe House

    • crafty

      Yeah Ryan Reynolds was alright in Safe House. But in respect for Paul Walker I think the character should be left alone and somehow they should write him out, even if it’ll be a plot hole of sorts.

      • Gerard Kennelly

        did they write out heath ledger in TDK

      • crafty

        Pretty sure Heath was finished filming his parts for TDK. Just not for the The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

    • mattinacan

      i keep reading your posts hoping you will one day say something intelligent… but today is not that day

      • Gerard Kennelly

        @ mattinacan
        I think paul walker was an underrated actor
        and a genuinely nice person
        how’s that ?

  • Tom Rakehell

    I’m sure they’ll finish 7 somehow but I can’t imagine anyone involved wanting to continue after that. The awful thing for all of them is that when they return to set they’ll have to be wrecking a lot of cars. The fun will have gone right out of that.

    • John Dooms

      Really good point I hadn’t thought of. All those wrecks will set off more than a few people.

  • melanarus

    Heartbroken to see Paul’s gone so young. He was talking about doing the next trilogy of Fast a few weeks ago on Collider. I really liked these movies and I know they are not going to stop making this movie, perhaps for a few months out of respect for Paul.

    Speaking of how can they move on with the storyline of the movie, yes, you can’t have him die in the movie nor would they want to do a recast and not have what he filmed be a part of the movie.

    I think they would have to have a stand in filmed from behind where Vin does all the talking and narrates saying Paul’s walking away and going to go live his life on a beach somewhere and maybe they’ll see each again someday and they do that bro hug and show the stand in as Paul on the beach with his wife or girlfriend. Something akin to the end of the Dark Knight returns where Bruce retires happily and no one knows where he’s gone.

  • The Avengers Sucks

    Running Scared is even worse than F&F.

    • The Avengers Sucks

      Not that this kind of commentary is entirely appropriate at the moment…

      May he RIP.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I hope someone fast and furiously anal rapes you. Fucking troll.

      • Gerard Kennelly

        we are framing dwagon
        we haff simple wack

  • mattinacan

    why couldn’t it have been michael bay instead

    • YouDumdAss

      Yes, because wishing death upon someone else in Mr. Walker’s place is entirely logical…and classy…idiot.

      Kids are so dumb these days.

      • YouDumbAss

        Yes, I know I typo’d on dumb, get over it lol.

      • mattinacan

        if Bay died i would throw a party and everyone would be invited except you. way to like your own comment, ha.

      • Gerard Kennelly

        say it to Michael’s bays face you inbred piece of sewage that crawled out of your mothers penetrated ass

    • Gerard Kennelly

      transformers is noisy and predictable
      but F&F on the other hand,,,

  • ScratStitch

    DO NOT kill the character. That would just be too sad and tragic given what’s happened. Either let him have a happy ending with his wife and kid (probably the best option), or recast. But killing him in any way would just hit WAY too close to home, and I hope the filmmakers realize that. :(

  • ScratStitch

    DO NOT kill the character. That would just be too sad and tragic given what’s happened. Either let him have a happy ending with his wife and kid (probably the best option), or recast. But killing him in any way would just hit WAY too close to home, and I hope the filmmakers realize that. :(

  • ScratStitch

    DO NOT kill the character. That would just be too sad and tragic given what’s happened. Either let him have a happy ending with his wife and kid (probably the best option), or recast. But killing him in any way would just hit WAY too close to home, and I hope the filmmakers realize that. :(

  • ScratStitch

    DO NOT kill the character. That would just be too sad and tragic given what’s happened. Either let him have a happy ending with his wife and kid (probably the best option), or recast. But killing him in any way would just hit WAY too close to home, and I hope the filmmakers realize that. :(

    • Gerard Kennelly

      jack ryan
      war machine
      clarice starling
      the joker
      Hannibal lecter
      roles can be recast

  • milo

    A big factor was whether they were shooting the movie fairly chronologically. If they shot mostly scenes at the beginning of the movie, they could change the script and have his character die. But if they shot various scenes including much of the later ones, it could be hard to salvage what they have and have it all make sense.

  • BrutalDEEJAY

    Paul Walker died and he will be missed so I don’t mind the delay. I’m guessing it’ll be released on the anniversary of his death, in tribute to him.

  • navydoc

    Personally, I think they should kill the character off by choosing to give his own life in the film to help out his fellow team… maybe Vin, or tyrese are getting chased and walker plows into the enemy…. after I would want someone like Mark Walberg to come in to fullfill the other lead spot and fill in as “walkers” “older brother” and join the team!!!!

    • Gerard Kennelly

      wahlberg and bale in ‘the fighter’ kind of reminded me of the brian /dom relationship

  • John Dooms

    If they keep him in they will have to cobble together footage and create some sort of alternate story from it. They may have to use a stand-in cast in darkness and a little CGI thrown in (a la Gladiator and Oliver Reed), which if done well could elevate the film to a whole nuther level. Wish them well and don’t envy their situation.

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  • mattinacan

    don’t pass your own disabilities off on me

  • Gerard Kennelly

    the world is cruel indeed
    I hear tom hanks has diabetes
    no wonder he was drinking buckets of orange juice
    and eating fistfuls of chocolate on the red carpet

  • Gerard Kennelly

    LOTR held the record for most oscars won
    till fast & furious rewrote history

  • corection

    no it didn’t, it’s a tie with ben hur and titanic

  • Gerard Kennelly

    Academy Awards 2004
    LOTR:ROTK won 11
    Best Picture
    Best Director

    Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    Best Film Editing
    Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
    Best Costume Design
    Best Makeup
    Best Music, Original Score

    Best Music, Original Song
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Visual Effects

  • Gerard Kennelly

    Academy Awards 1998
    TITANIC won 11 too
    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Cinematography

    Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
    Best Costume Design
    Best Sound

    Best Film Editing
    Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
    Best Effects, Visual Effects

    Best Music, Original Song
    Best Music, Original Dramatic Score

  • Gerard Kennelly

    Academy Awards 1960
    BEN HUR won 11 as well
    Best Picture
    Best Actor in a Leading Role
    Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    Best Director
    Best Cinematography
    Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
    Best Costume Design
    Best Sound
    Best Film Editing

    Best Effects, Special Effects
    Best Music

  • Gerard Kennelly

    hey man
    you gotta admit
    LOTR ROTK deserved 12 oscars
    everything it won
    and sean astin for best sup actor

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