Fast & Furious 7 delayed but not scrapped following Paul Walker's death
Story by Jack Foley
THE seventh film in the Fast & Furious franchise is being delayed following the tragic death of actor Paul Walker.
However, sources say have told The Hollywood Reporter that the movie will not be abandoned entirely.
Walker, along with the rest of the cast and crew, had been due to return to Atlanta on Sunday to resume shooting the film. But those plans are on hold until Monday or Tuesday at the earliest. The film had been on hiatus for Thanksgiving.
According to the insiders, a large part of the film has been shot, although several members of the cast and crew had still been due to fly to Abu Dhabi for additional scenes in January.
A conference call was reportedly held between Universal executives and incoming director James Wan to discuss the state of play and to attempt to figure out how to proceed in a manner that would reflect Walker’s untimely death and be respectful of it.
Walker was killed while a passenger in a Porsche that was being driven by a friend when it crashed north of Los Angeles on Saturday, November 30.
Although Universal have yet to comment on the future of Fast 7, the studio did issue a statement immediately after news of Walker’s death broke, which read: “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
Fast 7 is intended to be a direct follow-on from Fast & Furious 6, which would reunite Walker with Vin Diesel and introduce new characters played by the likes of Jason Statham, Kurt Russell and Tony Jaa.