Fast & Furious 7 in Limbo Following Death of Paul Walker

Many expensive action sequences appear to already have been shot with film originally due for July release

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Actor Paul Walker arrives for the British premiere of Fast & Furious in Leicester Square in London on March 19, 2009.

The tragic death of Hollywood star Paul Walker on Saturday has shocked cinema fans around the globe and leaves a major hole in one of the world’s most successful movie franchises.

The seventh installment of Universal’s Fast & Furious series had already been shooting in Los Angeles and Atlanta and was scheduled for release on July 11. But following Walker’s death at age 40 in an auto wreck over the weekend, director James Wan has held a meeting with studio bigwigs to discuss the future of the project, reports Variety.

Judging by photos posted on social media by cast and crew, it appears many expensive action sequences have already been shot, raising questions about what creative solutions may be employed for Walker’s character, former Los Angeles police officer Brian O’Conner.

[Variety]

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20 comments
MIKEVONBACH
MIKEVONBACH

I HEARD ROB LOWE was going to under go hollywood make over and assume the role and identity of fallin actor Paul Walker to complete fast fury 6 . 

KevinGallagher1
KevinGallagher1

i will be very annoyed if they cut his parts out or do a complete rewrite with Paul walker not in the film the respectful decision would be to keep his parts in and keep his legacy alive for just one more film send him off the right way i hope universal films make the right decision R.I.P PAUL WALKER

MikeFaller
MikeFaller

I think Brian should be injured in an accident in the film, thus leaving his face unrecognizable but keeping him alive. This way someone that looks moderately like him could be cast in his part. I always thought that Hayden Christensen somewhat resembled Paul Walker. Though he's a bit younger, with the right work out regiment and proper make up/special effects, i think it could be pulled off. 


That being said, I think what happened to PW is a tragedy and not just because of Fast 7. He had a young daughter and he was in the prime of his life. He was trying to raise money for those affected by the typhoon in Philippines as well and that just goes to show what the world lost when he lost his life. He was a great actor, yes, but above all else he was a great father and an amazing humanitarian. I'm not religious but I hope that if there is something after death, he can find peace until he is once again reunited with those that he loves.

JohnFowles
JohnFowles

it was a sad day for all who loved Paul , he was a great movie star sad that fast and furious has to come to an end like this , may I  suggest using Taylor Kinney from Chicago fire to play his part for the next movie , they look very similar , and then they can end the serries in respect of Paul, my condolence goes at to all his friends and family, thanks Paul for all the memories , R.I.P     

DavidPerry
DavidPerry

here's an idea to tie in tokyo drift , have the bad guys kill off walker's character, but over the phone to Dom, yes it would br sad but have dom and the rock's character get the revenge on them by beating the crap out of them at the end. so people have a sense of justice about walker's death and in the film also, and a tribute scene of his funeral. then tie in the scene from where dom goes to tokyo and meets up with the kid from that movie and brings him back to be a part of the family, with of course a dedication to Walker before the end credits roll. that would probably be one of the best ways to do it

AnotherOne
AnotherOne

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Why must my people be force integrated in with these other people without even having a public vote on immigration or "assimilation" (intermarriage)?

It is WHITE GENOCIDE.

"Anti-racist" is a codeword for ANTI-WHITE

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

Three letters: CGI.

Given the popularity of the series, and the CGI state of the art, using computer imaging to finish the movie would be a serious option.  I don't suggest that his character continue to LIVE and have a voice actor fill out his role as it was originally written.  I'm thinking a script re-write to have his character killed off and work that part out with CGI, then use the re-write to finish the film.

Since the movie is still in the filming stage, it would be the best way to deal with it, stay true to the series and give the fans a last tribute to him.  Otherwise, you'll either have to work in a new actor to replace him and start over, or write a whole new script for the movie and recast the whole thing.

Beyond those three options, I really don't see a lot of other alternatives here assuming they're going to make the film at all.

prabodhsjoshi
prabodhsjoshi

A modern day tragedy that Paul Walker's death is featured in the "Entertainment" section and there are "Twitters" about it!

john_rambo
john_rambo

Releasing this movie would be in bad taste considering how this actor died.

KatherineMarkidis
KatherineMarkidis

I hope they try to keep his parts in the movie and work with them! They did in crow or at least put all of his shots in the video at the end to remember him for all the fans to see! Think about it!

FauzanHidayat
FauzanHidayat

McLovin1019, I appreciate the contents of your mind, but can you make a comment that is more reasonable and prudent?your comment isn't wise....

errolchab
errolchab

Paul R.I.P man these people wont stop talking about u using sarcasm

lucksony
lucksony

McLovin1019, may u behave like an adult and stop talking nonsense about the dead,we dont expect a stupid comment like that from you.thats da clear indication of immaturity and stupidity...if u dont have any thing to say please keep da hell quiet....

McLovin1019
McLovin1019

I mean I get it that they are talking about the movie and stuff because business is business, but can the dude be dead for 24 hours before we start talking about money? 

I am not a fan of the movies, so maybe I don't know the story or his importance enough to the franchise, but why can't his character die being a hero somehow or something. Then let The Rock and Vin Diesel take over the movies.

thefennercrew
thefennercrew

@prabodhsjoshi I disagree. It's only natural that the death of a Hollywood actor would be found on a page devoted to entertainment news. Twitter is the way many people communicate. The only tragedy here is Walker's death. Please don't confuse the method of communication with the intention of the people who are using it.

thefennercrew
thefennercrew

@john_rambo Not necessarily. If the film makers can send the message that driving fast cars is dangerous, and no one is immune from car accidents, then the movie can honor Paul Walker's memory and career while also reminding viewers that the stunts they see on the screen are not to be taken lightly.

DavidPerry
DavidPerry

@McLovin1019  if you saw the movies you'll understand the only one he wasn't in was tokyo drift , the third movie. Also that movie did not gross as much as the films with walker he was the face of the series, with diesel and the new addition of the rock. he had a great knack for acting that drew millions to love his movies, but credit too to  the actors he had with him, who are outstanding too. If you didnt see all the fast and furious movies you should because they are all great movies, with some of the greatest actors of our time. 

lucksony
lucksony

mclovin, please may you behave like an adult and stop talking nonsense about the dead.dats da clear indication of immaturity.

we dont expect comment a silly and stupid comment like that from a person like u..stop ur idiotic comments

thefennercrew
thefennercrew

@lucksony Calm down. He's just pointing out that Walker is dead and people are focused on what will happen to the movie. It's a genuine concern, and that's why production on the film has been shut down, partly to give friends and family time to grieve.

He's also suggesting to have Walker's character die as a hero in the movie. It's a nice idea. Your response is more insensitive and crude than the original comment.