Universal Also Using Paul Walker's Brothers to Finish 'Fast & Furious 7'
by Ethan Anderton
April 15, 2014
When production resumed on Fast & Furious 7 towards the end of last month, it was revealed that body doubles coupled with the use of visual effects would help director James Wan and the production team of the actions sequel to finish the film in the wake of the death of franchise star Paul Walker. Now Universal has revealed another way they're able to finish the film without the late Walker. The studio has commissioned Walker's brothers Caleb & Cody Walker to help out a bit. The studio says, "Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production."
Here's the press release in full that explains their plan:
The 'Fast & Furious' saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.
Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.
We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for 'Fast & Furious 7', and it’s among the strongest work of his career.
We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our 'Fast' family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.
We are just under a year away from the release of 'Fast & Furious 7', and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.
We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.
The fact that Caleb & Cody Walker are helping Universal complete the film goes a long way to show fans that the studio has the full support of Walker's family in making sure that this final performance is something to remember. Plus, since they're brothers, you can see the similarities in their faces, so it might make the visual effects work a little less arduous. It's not clear just how the film will deal with the death of Walker narratively, but we'll find out when Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters in just under a year on April 10th, 2015.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Yes and in this amazingly talented role I predict an Oscar nomination, the academy better not snub this one!
Cocaino Weaver on Apr 15, 2014
That won't happen.
Nathan Williams on Apr 15, 2014
Please, no more F&F movies after this one. No disrespect to Paul but these movies are just getting out of hand and are silly. Too much outlandish choreography and cheesy acting.
Rock n Rollllll on Apr 15, 2014
The films being redefined as ridiculous, over the top action movies is what makes them so damn entertaining and worthwhile. As long as the films themselves don't decline in quality, I'm all for them continuing. I also wouldn't complain if they made this the grand finale, either.
Chris Groves on Apr 15, 2014
To each their own i guess but the things i mentioned above just turn me off enough to not be anxious for new ones.
Rock n Rollllll on Apr 16, 2014
Brian should have been killed off...perhaps off screen.
Xerxexx on Apr 15, 2014
So they are really going for it?! Very surprising.~
DAVIDPD on Apr 15, 2014
I'm glad that they aren't going the 'kill him off-screen' route, because that would just scream 'The film had to be re-worked because of the tragedy' and it would be unfortunate. Especially when you consider how Paul passed in real life, and how many characters would probably die off-screen in a car-oriented franchise. The least tasteful thing would be to kill Paul's character off-screen in a car crash. Since Tyrese Gibson said that they filmed 85% of the movie with Paul, it would make sense to find a way to finish out the film as originally intended, ESPECIALLY if all of his dramatic scenes had been shot and all that remained were action moments. I'd rather see the character ride off into the sunset with a happy ending than killed off because Paul passed away. He's a family man now, and in terms of the narrative it makes sense.
Chris Groves on Apr 15, 2014
Since the focus on Brian in the last one was that he was finally settling down with his family, my first thought for this one was that he just wouldn't take part in it. It's more important for him to be there because died, but it could have been a nice nod towards Paul going to rest. And it could have been done in a tasteful off-screen way, like just having Dom on the phone with him saying they'll handle it this time. I don't know about this photoshopping face thing. No matter how well they do it, everyone will automatically be analyzing it looking for the effect.
OfficialJab on Apr 16, 2014
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