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

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:00 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Fast & Furious 7 was about halfway through principal photography when Paul Walker died Saturday 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.   Respectfully, production has been delayed to grieve for the passing of a friend and colleague.  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.

fast-furious-6-poster-paul-walker-378x600According 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.

It seems in poor taste to talk business right now, but with so many people’s livelihoods at stake, Universal has to find an appropriate resolution during this impossibly trying time. Their options are all pretty terrible. They can try to work within the footage available to them, and have Walker’s Brian O’Conner die off screen. This is probably the most likely choice as it allows the film makers to use Walker’s last performance, but it will be difficult for them to portray the emotions of a death that the audience doesn’t see. Another option would be to start over. This is highly unlikely because of the millions of dollars already put into the movie, and they would still need to kill O’Conner off screen as well. A slightly more off the wall idea would be to have Walker’s character die during one of the assumed 10 impossible and unrealistic action sequences. They are all shot in a way to where you are left wondering if the hero will survive, and unfortunately this time he will not.

It’s crazy times right now in the Fast & Furious universe. Maybe Brian will just go out for a pack of smokes and never come home, leaving his family always wondering what happened to the blond haired superman who was too fast AND too furious.

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