‘Fast & Furious 7’ Will Be Delayed in Wake of Paul Walker’s Untimely Death

By December 2, 2013
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While we might not yet know what Paul Walker’s exact legacy will be, we do know which films the late actor will be most remembered (and beloved) for. Walker boasted a varied resume – from features like The Skulls and Varsity Blues all the way to Running Scared and Eight Below – but he is of course best known for his work in the ever-evolving Fast and Furious franchise. With Walker’s untimely death over the weekend falling during a holiday break from production on the franchise’s seventh film, news is now hitting the wire as to the fate of Fast & Furious 7.

THR reports that “the team behind Fast & Furious 7 are facing a delay in production…but sources say the movie will not be abandoned entirely.” The production was on a holiday hiatus for the Thanksgiving weekend, and Walker and the rest of the film’s cast and crew were initially set to return to Atlanta for filming on Sunday. The outlet reports that “those plans are on hold until Monday or Tuesday at the earliest.”

The film’s director, James Wan (who is new to the series) and executives from Universal reportedly held a conference call on Sunday to figure out next steps, including “whether rewrites would be necessary and how to proceed in a manner that would be respectful to Walker’s death.”

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While the seventh film in the franchise was not yet complete at the time of Walker’s death, much of the feature had been filmed. In addition to filming in Atlanta, the Fast team was scheduled to film additional scenes in Abu Dhabi in January. However, as THR notes, the film is already “on an expedited schedule” in order to meet its July release date, “so any delay in production could impact that release date.” Beyond basic logistics, Walker was a beloved member of the Fast family, so the emotional impact of his death will undoubtedly be felt no matter when or how the production resumes.

In addition to the seventh Fast feature, Walker will be seen in Hours (out later this month) and an American remake of the French parkour action film District B13 called Brick Mansions (which is currently in post-production).

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.