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Universal Pushes Back 'Fast & Furious 7' Release Date to April of 2015

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December 23, 2013

Fast & Furious 7

Following the sad and unexpected death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker, the fate of next year's sequel Fast & Furious 7 was in question as the studio delayed production of the film indefinitely in order to let Walker's friends and family grieve and then figure out how to proceed. There have been rumblings that the studio could start from scratch and scrap Walker's scenes altogether, but Universal has confirmed that he will remain a prominent cast member in the sequel, and they have pushed back the release to April 10th, 2015, adding it to the crazy calendar of blockbusters already set for release. In addition, Vin Diesel actually broke this news with a bittersweet photo from the set of the sequel. Look now!

Vin Diesel posted this photo to his Facebook page when announcing the new release date first:

Fast & Furious 7

Speaking of the photo, Diesel wrote:

"The last scene we filmed together…

There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we've come…

Fast and Furious 7 will be released…

April 10th 2015!

P.s. He'd want you to know first…"

So there you have it. The delay in release should give family, friends and fans enough time to grieve over the loss of Walker, and it also gives the writers, cast and crew enough time to recoup and figure out how to move forward. Walker will most likely go out gloriously if they choose to kill off his character, though that moment itself might sting a little for fans when they experience it in theaters. Again, we're not sure of the specifics about how Walker's scenes will be handles, but we know he won't be left on the cutting room floor. It's sad that this kind of thing even has to be done. Make sure you check out Universal's tribute video here.

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  • thejon93rd
    They might use his lookalike brother as a stand-in to reshoot a couple of scenes, using some CGI and ADR if they must. I'd say go for it, if the family's comfortable, that's obviously what Paul would have wanted (to see the film completed with or without him).
    • mooreworthy
      That's what I was thinking, like what they did with Brandon and Bruce Lee.
  • speedracer
    It could've been released next year. Jason kills off Paul walkers character, the whole crew exacts revenge. Simply, but raises the stakes emotionally and is completely satisfying. I think it fits with James Wan as well.
  • Chris Groves
    I'm okay with this. Although I hope that by the time it's all said and done we get it on April 3rd instead of April 10th. April 3rd 2009 was the day that the fourth film, Fast & Furious, was release. That was the film where the original stars reunited, the film that revived the franchise, and launched the current 'arc' of films that we are in now, starting the bring the series more away from just being about racing and turning them into action movies. So it would have some cool sentimental value if the 7th film came out 6 years to the day after the 4th film. Either way, we are still getting it in record turnaround for the franchise, the 5th came over 2 years after the 4th, and the 6th was over 2 years after the 5th....the 7th is coming a good bit under 2 years after the 6th....so that's cool. PLUS it only makes 2015 all that much bigger of a year. I'm going to start calling it 'The One'...or perhaps 'The Widowmaker'
  • Rock n Rollllll
    I never really liked any of the fast and furious until i saw fast five. I thought Justin Lin brought something to the franchise that he hasnt yet, thus bringing it back to life. I then became interested in the new F&F franchise that lied ahead and decided to give 6 a chance. Boy was i ever wrong. After watching F&F6, i realized that Fast Five was just a fluke. The movie just seemed to go back to its normal cheesy acting, silly dialogue, and outlandish choreography once again. With that said, i no longer care to watch these films anymore. They all have the same story with minor details being altered every time. In my opinion, this franchise needs to die after F&F7, theres just nothing more or new that it can provide, especially now with Paul Walker gone. Please, let this be the last one.
  • Charlie Hard
    Will 2015 be the first year in film history that will have two seventh sequels to a franchise? Fast & Furious 7 and Star Wars 7. Not only that but it will be Superman's 7th theatrical appearance since 1978.
    • OfficialJab
      F&F7 + SW7 = 14 20-1-5 =14 STOP DRINKING THE WATER PEOPLE
      • Ehsan Davodi
        (FF7 + SW 7)^2 = 196 (According to you sir) 201-5 = 196
  • OfficialJab
    Now to wait and see if that Dailymail rumour about his brother and the CGI team replacing him temporarily is true. Let's say no and that he was retiring with Mia to raise his kid away from the violence. Good enough.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    That pic broke my heart. Pity I'm In Anyway
  • crystaltowers
    Heartwarming to know that no matter what, this overblown car stunt movie series will absolutely continue for infinity, so long as there's a slight profit margin in the offing.
    • ikkf
      As they say, the show must go on.
    • Chris Groves
      What are you suggesting, that they DON'T complete the movie? I have a feeling Paul Walker wouldn't want the franchise ended because of him. I mean, was anyone calling for The Dark Knight to not be released after Heath Ledger died? 'Oh, but that was different, his role was completed!'...so if Walker had only died a few months later, you would be totally fine with his final role being release, but because he tragically passed before filming was finished, it should mean the end of the film and the series? How caring and sensitive you are.
      • crystaltowers
        RAGE MORE Chris! I personally don't like the Fast & The Furious movies, and do not believe they are worthy of endless sequels. Period. So now read my entire comment again, minus your automatic assumption that I think they should stop just because Paul Walker died. I just find it interesting to note that this franchise is so intent on continuing indefinitely, despite having nothing to offer cinema and despite the passing of it's star actor.
        • Chris Groves
          So fair enough, you don't like the movies...then SAY you don't like them and don't want more. Don't try to spin this as some kind of 'Oh, the actor died, so they should do the respectful thing and stop making movies' if you truly just want them to stop because you don't like them. Nobody likes a person who is disingenuous.
      • Why?
        You just compared Paul Walker to Heath Ledger BWAH...HA...HA!!!!!!!! Fuck this franchise!!
        • Chris Groves
          Yes, because if there is any rule to go by...it's that some people just matter more than others...douchey mentality there.
          • Why?
            Calm down...I'm just saying that Paul Walker was a mediocre actor, part of a mediocre franchise, who liked to fuck 16 yr old girls and Heath Ledger wasn't. Gawd...so sensitive.
          • Chris Groves
            I don't get where I'm not coming off as calm...it's just that the logic of some people is confusing, and I'm not a fan of foolish opinions.
  • Miguel Garay Boszeta
    I heard than Walker's brother is going to make some scenes ....

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