Universal Moving Forward On FAST AND FURIOUS 7 With “Respectful” Manner

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In the wake of the tragic death of Paul Walker this past weekend is the cold reality of how studio Universal will move forward on the film the actor was working on at the time, Fast And Furious 7.

The Hollywood Reporter is quoting from sources that the company is not going to be abandoning the film which is mid-way through principal photography. Studio execs and director James Wan held a conference call yesterday to discuss their options for completing the film “in a manner that would be respectful to Walker’s death.”

With a portion of the film already completed in Atlanta, Georgia, production was set to restart this week following a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Additional filming was scheduled in January in Dubai. The Reporter stated that those plans are on hold for at least the next couple of days while the studio reviews its options.

It should come as no surprise that the film was not going to be scrapped. The Fast And Furious franchise is one of Universal’s biggest moneymakers at the moment to the point where they rushed the seventh film into production following the sixth’s film box office success this past summer. And while the Hollywood Reporter doesn’t elaborate on what steps the film will be taking to work around Walker’s death, I would imagine that the previously announced release date for Fast And Furious 7 of July 11 is going to be pushed back. The production was already under a constrictive time frame to meet that date, to the point where Justin Lin, who directed the last four installments of the franchise, bowed out.

Adding to the challenges in getting the action film to theaters is the fact that Walker died in a car accident, making it difficult to not appear to be in bad taste while capitalizing on the street racing aspect of the franchise.

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FilmEksis
December 2, 2013 3:50 pm

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Stacy Wescoe
December 2, 2013 3:48 pm

It will be the first respectful thing ever in the franchise.

Joe Nazzaro
December 2, 2013 3:56 pm

Universal was willing to give Vin Diesel another Riddick movie in return for doing another Fast & Furious film. Was there any doubt at all that they would movie forward with this one?

Craig Cirelli
December 2, 2013 4:00 pm

Only halfway through shooting, hard to imagine how they can save this one. Fun series, especially if you’re a car guy / gal. Always liked Walker’s movies. Damn sad.

Caroline Sauers
December 2, 2013 4:01 pm

hopefully he filmed the ending already. the rest can be filled in.

William Gatevackes
December 2, 2013 4:14 pm

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William Gatevackes
December 2, 2013 4:24 pm

Well, I’m sure Universal already sunk a lot of money into the production if shooting has already begun. Depending on the contracts the actors had, it could have already be into the tens of millions of dollars. And Universal doesn’t have much going on in lieu of sure-fire franchises outside of this, Despicable Me and Jurassic Park (If that one comes back strong, that is).

But you make a great point in the article. Who will be willing to see a fun car chase film when one of the leads died in a car accident?

Nathan Richardson
December 2, 2013 4:28 pm

The last one made so much money. Now with audiences knowing this was his last film, it will make more.

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