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'Fast & Furious 7' Shoot Delayed Indefinitely After Death of Paul Walker

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December 2, 2013
Source: The Wrap

Paul Walker & Vin Diesel

This past weekend, Hollywood and fans of the Fast and Furious franchise were rocked when the almost unbelievable news surfaced that series star Paul Walker had died in a car accident. Many even believed this was another death hoax manufactured by the internet, but unfortunately, it turned out to be all too true. While reflecting on the work of Walker, some were wondering about the status of Fast & Furious 7, which was in production. Well, The Wrap has learned that director James Wan, producer Neal Moritz and Universal Pictures have decided to delay production indefinitely with no concrete plans for how to proceed.

Production was slated to begin in Atlanta today after the Thanksgiving break, but shooting has been canceled, and plans to restart production will wait until after the cast and crew have gotten a chance to grieve. As of now, it's not clear how much more Walker had to shoot, but the sequel is only partially in the can. Therefore, rewrites and reshoots will likely be a necessity. Wan and the rest of the team don't know how they're going to handle this both story-wise and for the production's schedule. The film was already being fasttracked and put together extremely quickly to meet the July 11th, 2014 release date, but this may end up changing those plans entirely. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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  • Fidel Reyes
    They will probably say that Shaw (Jason Statham) killed him offscreen.... Whatever route they go with it, it's still a very sad and unfortunate tragedy for both of those men in the car and their families and friends
    • OfficialJab
      I could hardly sleep. That's how I would write it now though. I don't know if he even liked the movies (obviously he said that he did in interviews but I have doubts) they should finish it. And I was looking forward to there being 8&9 in the works, but now I'm not sure. They would be great probably, but would just make me sad.
      • Fidel Reyes
        I agree. I was thinking they would replace him as the new male lead with Lucas Black or someone else but it would still not be the same. I think it would be respectful for Paul to finish this movie and show the work he did on it.
  • VAharleywitch
    I can't see them making the Summer-2014 deadline now... make it a late summer, or early-November offering. My heart goes to his daughter, and his F&F family. Say what you will about the merits of the franchise, they really do come off as being a large family off-screen as well as on-screen.
  • truong18
    if the studio did not rush this into production and meet the release date, none of this would happened. Paul would still be alive.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
      He died on his holidays.
    • David Diaz
      He didn't die making the film. He was was in a car with a friend driving from a charity event they had just held.
      • truong18
        i know He didn't die making the film.
        • David Diaz
          Ok. I guess I just made that assumption since you said in your post that the studio's rush into production was a reason for his death. I just don't see what one had to do with the other.
  • Charlie Hard
    It won't be the same without him. I think they should at least put together all the footage he already filmed then add the needed rewrites after in respects.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I think lovers of franchise owe this series to Paul. He save second awful instalment and carry that movie on his shoulders and if second instalment would failed totally we couldn't see another segment too. Beside that , I want say , If Paul be played 50% of movie I believe they don't must re-making the entire work. I think many people (specially who loves the franchise) know this news and they deal with it. I mean , for me , in dramatic artistic pictures i care about acting but in this kind of Car Chase Cop Action Flick I'm not in mood of acting. I want see Fast Cars & Furious Peoples. WTF Action Sequences , Beautiful Choreography and Non-Stop Adrenaline Rush. Don't Delete Him , Just Replace him in remain sequences. If he plays half of movie he deserve this either. His not in Size of Schwarzenegger but even Schwarzenegger was fake in action movie like Terminator 4.
  • DAVIDPD
    Whatever happens it won't be the same F&F.
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    They should wait!
  • Payne by name
    Hopefully they will still make the film in honour of him and also so that his cut/salary can go to his family.
  • sykoh963
    Put in Johnny Moxon
  • tourettes guy
    Bullshit. Fast in the furious was in the drain what better way to revamp it. I didn't even know there was a fast in the furious 4, 5, or 6...

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