Paul Walker’s Death: Fast & Furious 7 Shut Down “For a Period of Time”
Update (December 4, 2013):
The same day Fast & Furious star Paul Walker's autopsy results were reportedly released came news that production on the seventh installment in the series will be delayed. According to a CNN report, the Fast & Furious 7 set will be shut down "for a period of time."
Universal Pictures continues, "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise."
Shooting on the movie began in September and was on break for Thanksgiving when Paul died on November 30. As of publishing, Universal was still scheduled to release the film in July 11, 2014, reports the Associated Press.
Original story (December 1, 2013):
It's still hard to accept that actor Paul Walker is no longer with us.
Paul died tragically in a car crash in Valencia, California, on November 30 at the age of 40, leaving behind a 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. Our thoughts are with Meadow and all of his loved ones at this terrible time.
Thankfully, Paul will live on in his wide array of film roles, the most iconic of which is Brian O'Conner in the massively successful Fast & Furious franchise. But what will happen to Fast & Furious 7, which has been in production for some time?
According to Hollywood Reporter, the film — which had been scheduled to hit theaters on July 11, 2015 — may be delayed, as the studio is still deciding whether rewrites and reshoots are necessary. However, sources say that the film will not be scrapped completely.
Much of Fast & Furious 7 has already been filmed, and the Atlanta-based production was currently on hiatus for the Thanksgiving weekend. However, Paul and the rest of the cast were scheduled to fly to Abu Dhabi in January 2014 to shoot additional scenes.
"Once people get back to work on Monday, many meetings will be happening," a source tells Hollywood Life, adding that "the movie will still move forward in his honor." Fast & Furious 6 was released in May 2013, grossing $788.6 million worldwide.
It's being reported that the studio is starting to think about how to market the new film. Ads for these films typically feature fiery car crashes, which would be insensitive, given Paul's death in an auto accident.
We think it's important that Fast & Furious 7 still makes it to theaters in Paul's honor. Indeed, Paul has had an amazing career with a varied body of work. C'mon, the guy was in beloved '90s comedy She's All That. If you ask us, that alone on someone's acting resume is enough.
We continue to wish all the best to everyone who knew Paul.