After the tragic death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker on Saturday November 30th, Universal and James Wan held an emergency conference to decide what to do with the film, which was due to commence filming two days ago. Directed by Wan, Fast & Furious 7 was half way through filming, and many of Walker’s action scenes have already been shot.
Now Universal and Wan are working out what to do with Walkers character, Brian O’Connor, and whether they need to replace his character, rewrite the script to exit his character, or whatever other option they can come up with. Needless to say the proposed release date of July 2014 will not be happening.
Plans are being put together as to how to move the story forward, and Universal have announced, respectfully, that production on the seventh film has been shut down to allow friends and family to mourn Walker’s tragic passing, and also to allow time to work out the best move to continue the story.
In a statement, Universal said:
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. 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. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”