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'Fast & Furious 7' Wraps Production with Heartfelt Message to Fans

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July 10, 2014
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Fast & Furious 7

Following a tragic death, an extended hiatus and production schedule and a delayed release, Universal has announced the completion of production on Fast & Furious 7. And with that, they wanted to thank all of the fans who have show their support for the franchise in the wake of the shocking death of star Paul Walker. It's a heartfelt message to the fans who were so shaken by the sad news last fall. And along with the message comes a photo from the set showing a somber, reflective Vin Diesel. Could this be a shot from the film? He does seem to be in full wardrobe as Dom, so it's a possibility. Either way, it's sad but sweet. Look!

Here's the image of Vin Diesel from the Facebook page for Fast & Furious 7, followed by their message:

Fast & Furious 7

Today we completed the last shot in the production of FAST & FURIOUS 7.

We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here.

There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best FAST & FURIOUS movie yet.

Our FAST family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day.

Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of LA. We came back to LA in FAST 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot.

There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Tyrese, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We’ve got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Djimon, Nathalie and our director, James. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work.

Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul.

All of us -- those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.

Thank you for being there for us. You are the biggest part of our family, and we couldn’t have gotten here without you.

The countdown to April 3 begins.

With love,

Your FAST & FURIOUS Family

Fast & Furious 7 is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) and written by Chris Morgan (who has written all the Fast & Furious sequels including and following Tokyo Drift). Though no plot details have been revealed, we know production will head to Pikes Peak in Colorado to film some sort of action sequence. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return in the sequel along with most of their crew. Jason Statham is in hot pursuit as the film's villain (brother of Luke Evans' character Shaw) and other new cast members include Tony Jaa, Djimon Housou, Ronda Rousey and possibly Kurt Russell. The film was delayed after Paul Walker died in a car crash in the middle of film. Universal will now release Fast & Furious 7 on April 3rd, 2015.

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  • Chris Groves
    April 3rd can't come fast enough, I never thought this would become one of my favorite franchises, but the films keep getting better and better. Whether this film is a grand conclusion or the step in a new direction for the series, I'm in.
  • Ricardo_PT
    I thought the last movie was very weak, but I know a lot of people like it. I hope this turns out ok, Paul deserves it
  • Sky
    I know i'll be there to see it in the theaters.
  • Xerxexx
    Lovely.
  • Xerxexx
    That pic speaks a thousand words...I wonder who else will be lost.
  • Astroboy3000
    I checked out after 3, but with the additional of the single greatest actor of all time, Mr. Kurt Vogel Russell, i'm going to watch the first 6 and hit the theater opening week for this.
    • OfficialJab
      I'm going to rewatch them all starting next year sometime. Brace for a rough patch including 3 and 4, but 1 5 and 6 are all really cool, and while 2 gets a lot of shit, I really like it. Then again they're all of course very silly, but you have to love it. It's kind of like Resident Evil games, where you can't tell if Capcom is self-aware about how ridiculous they all are, but it's somehow the perfect mix of drama and absurdity.
      • Neuromancer
        Just a quick question, are you going to watch them in production order or chronological order (with regards to Tokyo Drift)? Silly question maybe but I'm interested for some reason :)
        • OfficialJab
          I've already seen them all in production order, and seen each of them more than once. I may rewatch them in story order, since Han is the only redeemable part of TD for me and having him developed ahead of time will really help pull that movie up I think.
    • Chris Groves
      Honestly, the 4th is when they started to head from 'niche car movies' to 'legitimately good action series'...as far as straightforward action films go(not belonging to other genres like sci-fi/superhero) the last two FF films are some of the best in recent years.
  • DAVIDPD
    Very happy to see LA will be featured in this installment. Nothing like the craziness and insanity that is The City of Angels. Bring it.
  • OfficialJab
    This letter they've released feels so nice. If it were for something huge and dramatic like Lord of the Rings, you kind of expect it, but it feels more earnest coming from a series about meatheads driving fast cars out of airplanes. They wrote it because this does matter to them even though it doesn't seem like it normally ought to. They keep saying these movies are about family, and they usually have that theme present all over, but this is the first time where it actually does feel like the fans are part of that family with the creators. In fact with this being released, today sort of feels like the first day where I'd say I'm a Fast & Furious fan, instead of just saying I like the movies. There's an actual connection to it now, both ways.
  • John Doe
    Very nice letter and pic, but is this gonna be the last film in the series or what?
    • Chris Groves
      I don't think anyone knows at this point. Initially, 7 was very much seen as just heading the franchise into a new direction. Lucas Black was brought on board and signed for 8th and 9th installments as well. But that was all before Paul Walker passed away, now that he is gone, there might be a chance that everyone feels that it is best to simply end the franchise with this film serving as the 'grand finale' to it all.
  • Kels
    Nice letter, but how could they forget to mention Sung Kang?
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