Universal Thinks There Will Be “At Least Three More” FAST & FURIOUS Movies

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It’s rare that a film franchise makes it to its sixth or seventh entry, and even rarer that the latter films end up being more successful than what came before.  But that’s exactly what has happened with the Fast & Furious franchise, which hit a high mark with the excellent Fast Five at $626 million worldwide and went even higher with Fast & Furious 6’s worldwide gross of $788 million.  The next film, Furious 7, is due out in April with high expectations, but the series suffered a major loss late last year when star Paul Walker sadly passed away.  Recently, word surfaced that director Justin Lin—who helmed entries 3 through 6—might be returning to the franchise for a multi-film wrap up that will bring the series to a close.

Now Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has weighed in on the end of the franchise, saying she envisions it continuing on for at least three more films.  More after the jump. 

Director Justin Lin Might Return to FAST & FURIOUS Franchise to Bring Series to a Close

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After Fast & Furious 6 was such a massive hit, director Justin Lin, who also helmed the previous three entries, had plenty of options.  Rather than return for the seventh Fast & Furious, he chose to direct a Bourne Legacy sequel, which seemed like a sound decision since, like Fast & Furious, it offered the opportunity to take control of a new franchise and build it into something better.  Meanwhile, James Wan (The Conjuring) took the reins of the Fast & Furious franchise, and Furious 7 will be due out next year.

However, with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass returning for the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy 2 has been put on hold, which leaves Lin looking for a new film.  Although he still has a wealth of projects to choose from, it looks like he might be come back to Fast & Furious to not only continue the popular franchise, but to bring it to a conclusion.  Hit the jump for more.

New to Blu-ray: HER, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, FAST & FURIOUS 6-Movie Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best films of 2013, quite possibly the most popular new TV series of last year, a pair of films that failed to catch on at the box office earlier this year, and a box set of an ongoing feature film franchise.

First Look at Paul Walker’s Brothers Caleb and Cody on the Set of FAST & FURIOUS 7

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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.

Paul Walker’s Brothers Caleb and Cody to Help the Production of FAST & FURIOUS 7

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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.

Dwayne Johnson Talks FAST AND FURIOUS 7, Paul Walker, and Brad Peyton’s SAN ANDREAS

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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 Dwayne Johnson’s quotes on Fast & Furious 7, which has resumed filming, and San Andreas, which begins filming in two weeks in Australia.

Production on FAST & FURIOUS 7 to Resume in April

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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.

Vin Diesel Shares Image from Last Scene He Filmed with Paul Walker on FAST & FURIOUS 7; Release Date Moved to April 10, 2015

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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 dateVin 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.

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Rumor: Paul Walker’s Brother Cody to Step in and Film Final Scenes

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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.

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Writer Might Try to Work in Scenes Shot Before Paul Walker’s Death; January Restart Date a Possibility

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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.

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Paul Walker Talks HOURS, the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the FAST & FURIOUS Franchise, Working for James Wan, and Much More

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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.

FAST & FURIOUS 7 Might Start from Scratch; Percentage of FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Sales to Go to Walker’s Charity [UPDATED]

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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.]

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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Paul Walker Says FAST & FURIOUS 8 “Guaranteed”; Talks FF7 and Beyond, the Abrupt Director Change, Consulting J.J. Abrams about Returning, and More

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Last week, Collider was invited to sit down with Paul Walker for a lengthy interview, to discuss his remarkable work in the dramatic thriller Hours, about a father (played by Walker) who struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  While we will run the portion of the interview where he talked about that film and his experience making it, closer to its December 13th theatrical release, we did want to share what he had to say about Fast & Furious 7.

Due out in the summer of 2014, Fast & Furious 7 has a new director in James Wan (The Conjuring), which not only made Walker nervous, but made him question whether to actually return for another film, at all.  During this exclusive interview with Collider, he talked about what sold him on James Wan, as a director, what he was like to work with on set, how what he’s doing with the film has a definite look that’s all his own, and how the entire cast embraced him.  He also talked about how the studio is hoping for a Fast & Furious 8, 9 and 10, but that there will definitely at least be an eighth film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New FAST & FURIOUS 7 Image Featuring Vin Diesel; First Image of Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone from Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Picture

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We’ve got a couple of new images from the following films:

  • Fast & Furious 7 – A new image from the James Wan-directed actioner featuring Vin Diesel and someone who appears to be the franchise’s new addition, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.  Fast & Furious 7 also stars Paul WalkerTony JaaTyrese Gibson,Kurt RussellMichelle RodriguezLudacrisNathalie EmmanuelDjimon HounsouLucas Black, and John Brotherton, and opens July 11, 2014.
  • Untitled Cameron Crowe Project – Courtesy of the director himself, the first image from his untitled picture starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone is now available.  The picture also stars John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray, and should open sometime in 2014.

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