Fast & Furious 7 delayed but not dropped following Paul Walker’s death

Fast & Furious 6 (Paul Walker and Vin Diesel)Universal are hoping to continue with the production of Fast & Furious 7 following the untimely death of Paul Walker in a car crash in Los Angeles.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it is believed that most of the film has been shot. Production was to commence in Atlanta following a break for Thanksgiving, but instead director James Wan was having a conference call with Universal executives to discuss the state of the film and the best course of action on how best to continue. Walker was also due to join the rest of the cast in January to film additional scenes in Abu Dhabi. Walker played one of the lead characters in the franchise, the undercover police officer Brian O’Conner. Fast & Furious 7 was set to be released in July 2014, but this is likely to be pushed back.

Universal released a statement saying how they were “heartbroken”, calling Walker “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.”

Walker also stars in the upcoming drama Hours. The film is completed and features Walker star alongside Genesis Rodriguez as his pregnant wife, who goes into labour at a New Orleans hospital when Hurricane Katrina strikes. The film’s distributor Pantelion Films have decided to go ahead with its release in select US cities and on demand later this month on 13 December.

The producer of the film, Paul Safran, told the Hollywood Reporter, “Paul would have very much wanted us to move forward. He was incredibly proud of this project. We did a press junket two weeks ago, and I remember sitting with him and how excited he was for people to see this movie. He was looking for something to showcase his acting skills, which he so rarely had the chance to do. He hit it out of the park.”

Sources: Hollywood Reporter 1 | 2

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