With the sudden, tragic death of Paul Walker over the weekend, many have wondered what would become of Fast & Furious 7. Would the production see a serious delay? Would it be scrapped altogether? The Hollywood Reporter has shed some light on what’s happening behind-the-scenes in the wake of the death of one of its stars.
Filming on the forthcoming sequel had been well underway, for almost two months- with stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson posting pictures from the set on social media. The production had taken a brief break, on account of the Thanksgiving holiday, and was all set to reconvene in Atlanta today to resume filming. Filming was going to extend through at least January, when the production would move to Abu Dhabi for a key sequence. However, all of that’s now been put on hold for obvious reasons. Yesterday, director James Wan held a conference call with Universal Pictures executives to discuss what the current state of the project is, and how they can proceed while still remaining respectful of Walker’s untimely passing.
It should be noted that the studio has been racing towards a July 11 release date for months. Director Justin Lin, who resuscitated the series after it had been considered as good as over after the second film, opted out of the 7th film in-part because of the tight, speedy timeline. It remains to be seen if Universal is willing to budge now that some serious time has to be dedicated towards adjusting the script.
In related news, Walker’s Hurricane Katrina set thriller, Hours, is still set to premiere in theaters on December 13.
What do you think? What would be the most respectful way to handle this in a storyline setting? Do you think they should just walk away from it altogether? Will you see the Fast & Furious 7? How about Hours? Sound off!