Last week, we reported that Fast & Furious 7 had brought on Paul Walker‘s brothers Caleb and Cody to help finish the production. The specifics of how they’ll help the production haven’t been revealed, but presumably they’ll be working as body doubles. There may be other ways the production tries to fill in Walker’s role whether it’s through CGI and/or re-writes, but at the very least, hiring Walker’s brothers is a sign of respect. It also helps that they look a lot like him. Vin Diesel posted a set photo on his Facebook page, and while I’m not sure which one is Caleb and which is Cody, the brother on the right bears such a strong resemblance that they might even be able to pull off close-ups.
It’s odd to think that a Fast & Furious movie will be so heavily scrutinized right down to how it’s trying to manage Paul Walker’s unfinished scenes. We go to these movies for dumb fun, but there will be a pall over the finished film as it tries to find the balance between big, brash action and deep respect for its deceased star. Check out the set photo after the jump. Fast & Furious 7 opens April 10, 2015.
Earlier this month, production resumed on Fast & Furious 7. Filming had halted following the death of Paul Walker last November, and while it’s still not exactly clear how the production will handle the actor’s remaining scenes or even the overall story, they’ve announced that they’ve enlisted the help of Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody. It was rumored that Cody might step in and work on some of Paul’s remaining scenes, and while the announcement doesn’t specify how Walker’s brothers will be assisting the production, I assume they’ll be working as body doubles and handling wide shots where they’ll resemble Paul at a distance. While the production could have just hired anyone who matched Walker’s height and build, I think this is a more respectful route, and one that will probably result in a better film since there’s a personal connection as opposed to a stranger stepping in.
Hit the jump for the full announcement. Fast & Furious 7 will open April 10, 2015.
With CinemaCon in full swing in Las Vegas, over the past 24 hours I’ve managed to see the first footage from a lot of upcoming movies from Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios. Yesterday, Paramount unveiled the first teaser trailers for Hercules and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a lot of footage from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Today, Universal showed attendees footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (which looks like it’s going to be an awards contender), Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & Furious 7, Minions, Dumb and Dumber To, a CGI-only trailer with voice over for Jurassic World, and a lot more. Like previous years, Universal’s presentation really impressed me with the wide variety of great looking movies. Hit the jump for more.
Steve is currently at CinemaCon, which is where studios peddle their upcoming films to theaters. Part of this involves bringing the talent in to talk about those films, and Dwayne Johnson was on hand to promote his upcoming movie, Hercules. During an extended group interview, Johnson also touched on some of his other projects. Johnson talked about the pain he felt over the death of Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, the sorrow he felt for Walker’s family, and trying to honor his legacy in Fast & Furious 7.
Moving to a happier topic, Johnson also spoke about re-teaming with Brad Peyton for the earthquake movie San Andreas, learning about earthquakes, his excitement for the material, doing the movie in 3D, and more. Hit the jump for Johnson’s quotes on Fast & Furious 7, which has resumed filming, and San Andreas, which begins filming in two weeks in Australia.
From writer/director Jonathan Sobol, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved. The film also stars Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos and Terence Stamp.
At the film’s press day, actor Kurt Russell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him what to be a part of this film, what this group of actors was like to work with, how much fun he had bringing this guy to life, and that he’s happy with how the film ultimately turned out. He also talked about the passion he has for making wine, how he’s got both a heavy film called Clang and a Western called Bone Tomahawk on his film schedule, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of actor Paul Walker. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
After putting the production on hold last November following the death of Paul Walker, filming on Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April. According to THR, production of the movie will resume “on or near April 1,” which is a little over a year until the movie’s release date. Sources say there are about six to eight weeks left to film, and the production will move back to Atlanta, which is where filming was originally set to resume after Thanksgiving. As we previously reported, Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, won’t be killed off, but retired ““in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the exciting footage of Walker.”
Fast & Furious 7 will open on April 10, 2015 and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John Brotherton.
Currently available on VOD and in theaters on March 14th, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved.
Collider was invited to sit down with actor Kurt Russell to talk to him about that film and, during the interview (that we will run more of closer to the film’s theatrical release), conversation turned to what he’ll be doing next, the passion he has for making wine, and when he expects to return to finish his work on Fast & Furious 7. He talked about how he’s got both a heavy film with director Mark Pellington, called Clang, and the Western Bone Tomahawk, that he’s hoping to get into production, how making wine is very similar to making a movie, and that he thinks filming for Fast & Furious 7 will resume in April, even though he does not yet know how they’ll be handling the loss of Paul Walker. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We’re well over a year away from seeing the next installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, but star Vin Diesel recently tweeted out an early teaser poster for the film. Most of the press for the film has been concerned with the death of co-star Paul Walker and how the film’s production would handle that moving forward. In addition to today’s poster, Diesel recently shared an image from filming that featured him alongside Walker on set.
Fast & Furious 7 also stars Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson,Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John Brotherton, and opens April 10, 2015. Hit the jump to check out the full teaser poster.
[Update: Not an official poster. You win this round, internet.]
The seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise has been surrounded by an air of uncertainty for the past few weeks following the unfortunate passing of star Paul Walker. Speculation has run rampant with regards to how Universal would move forward with Fast & Furious 7 after Walker’s death, given that the film was in the middle of production when the actor passed. The studio officially pushed the James Wan-directed pic’s release date from this coming July to April 2015, and now it appears that all parties involved have settled on how to move forward with the pic: Walker’s character will be “retired” in Fast & Furious 7. Hit the jump for more.
We still don’t know how Universal and director James Wan will proceed with Fast & Furious 7 following Paul Walker‘s death. There’s the possibility of a January restart date and a rumor about having Cody Walker step in to film his brother’s remaining scenes. Whichever way the production chooses to move forward, Universal has officially given up its original July 11, 2014 release date. Vin Diesel has announced on his Facebook page that the movie will now open on April 10, 2015. While I’m sure Fast & Furious fans will be disappointed by the delay, I’m sure they’ll also understand that moving the date back is the wisest course of action. It’s currently an easy weekend with Insidious 3 currently being the only competition (we’ll set aside that 2015 somehow became even crazier in terms of blockbusters). There’s too much goodwill towards the Fast & Furious franchise, and fans want to see Walker’s final performance (assuming Universal will keep him in the movie).
In addition to announcing the release date, Diesel also posted a photo of the last scene he filmed with Walker along with a personal message. You can check out the image after the jump.
I hate reporting on news stories peripherally related to actor Paul Walker’s tragic death as much as the next guy, but when it comes to the logistics of how James Wan and the cast of Fast & Furious 7 will move forward with production, we’ll make an exception. About a week ago, we reported that Universal had indefinitely suspended production on the film, along with the news that Walker had only filmed about half of his allotted scenes and had yet to film some of the major ones. Then, it looked like screenwriter Chris Morgan was revising the script to work around Walker’s death. Now, a new rumor states that Walker’s younger brother, Cody, will step in to film the final scenes. Hit the jump for more.
Universal continues to inch forward on how to proceed on Fast & Furious 7 following the death of Paul Walker. As we previously reported, Walker was only halfway finished with filming, and had yet to shoot some of his biggest scenes. According to THR, screenwriter Chris Morgan is revising the script, and he might work in scenes Walker had already shot. It’s an encouraging sign that the studio and director James Wan want to find some way to a satisfying good-bye for Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, rather than cut him out of the film entirely. If Morgan is about to weave in the material Walker shot before his death, then the delayed production might be able to resume by January.
Hit the jump for more.
20th Century Fox has moved up the release date of the Matt Reeves-directed sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as the film will now open on July 11, 2014 instead of July 18th. The July 11th date is currently home to Fast & Furious 7, but the sad passing of star Paul Walker in the midst of production has put the future of the project in a state of limbo for the time being. With filming on an indefinite hiatus, Universal is considering a number of options regarding how best to move forward, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that FF7 is not likely to make its intended release date—it was always a tight turnaround anyway.
Universal has not officially announced a release date change for Fast & Furious 7 just yet, but the shifting of the Apes release date suggests that Fox seems to think that will happen sooner or later. The follow-up stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell and takes place 15 years after the events of the first film.
Back on November 14th, I went to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to speak to actor Paul Walker at the press day for his upcoming film Hours, an indie drama about a father who struggles to keep his newborn daughter alive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. What most struck me about the nearly 45 minutes I spent chatting with him for our interview was that he was a reluctant movie star who placed importance on following his heart and doing things with merit and significance, fully appreciating the opportunities that he clearly felt like he really just fell into. It was one of the best interview experiences I’ve ever had, and he was one of the most gracious and honest people I’ve ever spoken to.
After sharing stories about what it was like to have been born and raised in the San Fernando Valley (he even asked me what hospital I was born in), the conversation got even more personal, with him telling me that being a good father was the most important thing to him, now that his 15-year-old daughter was living full-time with him, and how hard it was to find a good school that she could go to where she could make good friends. And he also told me about all of the physical injuries that he’s gotten, over the years, and all of the physical therapy that he’s had to do, as a result. It’s a really introspective, insightful interview that I think is worth checking out, if you want a glimpse into the kind of guy he was. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Aside from the grief the folks behind Fast & Furious 7 are feeling due to Paul Walker‘s death, they’re also facing a conundrum. As we reported earlier this week, production has been delayed as the studio, producers, and director James Wan figure out how to proceed. According to The Wrap, one of the options they’re considering is to scrap the whole production and start over. Filming was over halfway finished, but they hadn’t shot many of Walker’s key scenes. While this may seem like a costly proposition for a blockbuster feature, the studio is insured and so Universal doesn’t have to worry on that front. The larger concern is how to keep the franchise rolling while still respecting the fans and Walker’s legacy.
Hit the jump for more. [Update: Universal has released an official statement saying that production on Fast & Furious 7 has been shut down indefinitely. Read the full statement after the jump.]