Following the death of Paul Walker last month, Universal announced that they were putting Fast & Furious 7 on hold indefinitely so the creative team behind the film could properly mourn their loss. They also needed time for series scribe Chris Morgan to figure out a way to rewrite the movie to give Walker’s Brian O’Conner character a worthy send-off.
Over the weekend, Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to post an image of himself and Walker (above) in the last scene they filmed together. Diesel also announced the new release date for Fast & Furious 7: April 10th, 2015. Here’s his comment attached to the photo:
The last scene we filmed together…
There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…
Fast and Furious 7 will be released…
April 10th 2015!
P.s. He’d want you to know first…
The Fast films became more about family than street races in the past few entries, and I’m sure this particular “family” of filmmakers is looking forward to paying tribute to their fallen brother and getting some closure. Fans of the franchise will be glad to hear that the movie is back in motion, but Devin at Badass Digest says Chris Morgan has a lot of work to do; he reports that Brian O’Conner was central to the story in the seventh film and his storyline was supposed to be resolved in Fast & Furious 8, but now that has to be completely restructured to work around the loss of Walker. We hope this new release date gives Morgan enough time to do what needs to be done, and we’ll be anxiously awaiting April of 2015 to see how it all plays out. In the meantime, check out Universal’s tribute video for Walker if you haven’t seen it yet.
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