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James Wan's 'Fast & Furious 7' Moved Up One Week in April 2015

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July 2, 2014
Source: ComingSoon

Fast & Furious 7

Briefly: Universal has updated their 2015 release schedule with a few changes that should be good news for fans of this franchise. The release date for James Wan's sequel Fast & Furious 7, which is just finishing up production after a delay due to the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. The seventh movie in the Fast and Furious franchise was originally set to hit theaters April 10th, but will now arrive Friday, April 3rd, 2015, putting it against romance The Longest Ride two weeks before Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opens. It should be a huge hit. In addition to Walker, the cast for Fast & Furious 7 includes Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Tyrese & Tony Jaa. All 2015 releases.

Above see the tweet + image posted from @UniversalPics confirming the new April 3rd release for #FF7.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Oh HELL yes! Great news for sure. So psyched for this egg to hatch. It will be a treat to see what Wan can do for the story.
  • mooreworthy
    I always plan on seeing them on the big screen and end up missing out for some reason and buying em on Blu Ray, but I am definitely seeing this one on opening day.
  • Xerxexx
    Still feel Brian should die...in blazing glory of course. I'm gonna miss Walker's fake fighting...he seemed like a guy that could handle himself in a fight.
    • Chris Groves
      I prefer they 'write him out' in another way. I'd like a 'riding off into the sunset' type of ending. It just feels a little weird to kill the character just because the actor died. I certainly wouldn't have liked them to do that to Ledger's Joker just because they knew he wouldn't be able to come back for another film.
      • Xerxexx
        Considering Shaw's brother is out for revenge it seems Brian simply driving off into the sunset is a little far fetched...epsecially seeing as Han died.
        • Chris Groves
          Still, unless they always planned to kill him, I don't like them taking the 'Well the actor passed away, so the character should die' they can easily kill OTHER characters if they want. Heck, I honestly think the most dramatic thing would be Mia dying, and Brian officially "retiring" in order to make sure he raises his son right.
          • Xerxexx
            Mia dies and Brian retires? If he did that then it goes against everything he stands for. When Shaw kidnapped Mia he flipped out and attacked him...Brian isn't the type to run from a fight.
          • Chris Groves
            Well, you could be thinking of it narrowly. Mia dies, Brian gets revenge, then retires. I mean, there is any number of ways to do it. There isn't some 'well he can't retire no matter what' law.
          • Xerxexx
            Well perhaps he retires at the end...after Shaw dies...we will see.
          • Chris Groves
            That's what I was getting at, they keep talking about sort of 'sending him off properly' or whatever, and I just think 'Having his character die in a vicious car wreck/explosion' wouldn't be the most tasteful thing to do.
          • Xerxexx
            My assumption was a mid film send off...which imo would be pretty jarring.
          • Chris Groves
            I believe the whole reason they brought his brothers in were to properly complete his role and keep him in the whole film. Tyrese came out and said that they filmed "85% of the movie with Paul in it". So he filmed quite a huge chunk of his material.
          • Xerxexx
            An end of the film retirement works best...mid film it would be awkward.
          • Chris Groves
            Agreed. I don't want any exit that feels like "Oh they had to do it that way because Walker died". Luckily they say that virtually all of Walker's drama/dialogue scenes had been shot, and only some action scenes remained. It is much easier to use doubles and CGI and etc during action sequences and fill in the role than it would be for some big dramatic dialogue scene.
  • Chris Groves
    Very happy about this. For those wondering 'Big deal, only 1 week sooner', here is the context. FIRST - April 3rd will be 6 years to the exact day since the release of the 4th film "Fast & Furious", that is the film that returned and reunited the original four leads of the first film, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez. It is also the film that successful revived the series and sent it in the direction of being a genuine action/blockbuster franchise, and not just a niche series about racing cars. SECOND - While only 1 week earlier than the previous release, this will likely result in the film making millions more at the box office. It now comes a full week sooner than 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', and in the scheme of blockbuster movies that get their audience zapped by whatever the next big movie is(see the performance of Godzilla in it's second and 3rd weekend when stuff like X-Men and Maleficent opened) ...one week is a LONG time. This one week change essentially means that FF7 could be the #1 movie for 4 weekends in a row, whereas before, it wasn't going to spend more than 3 weeks on top. This also puts it opening on the same weekend that Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened on this year. The Winter Soldier broke the April opening record, and FF7 will probably set a new record again next year.
    • izakkson
      Also for what it's worth it puts it opening the week of Wrestlemania 31, which may be intentional for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to promote it on that show. Perhaps with Vin Diesel joining him. Wouldn't be surprised if that is one of the reasons they decided to do this too.
    • yomandenver
      To have more screen time before Paul Blart hits, naturally.
      • Chris Groves
        Sure...although I think in the grand scheme of things, getting an extra week before the blockbuster of the summer(Avengers) comes out is probably a bigger deal than getting an extra week before a sequel to an okay comedy that will be over 6 years old at that point.
        • yomandenver
          Yeah, that was sarcasm.
          • Chris Groves
            I know, it's all good. Was just having some fun humoring the notion
  • fuzzymouse
    Noel G who played Hector in the first installment of the Fast & Furious series has also been added to the roster and will be filming in Lancaster, Ca the week of July 7th, 2014
  • Ben Moore
    Someone shoot me in the face these movies are fucking terrible. LOL at anyone who likes them.
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