By Will Ashton
One loose end that many neglected to speak about in respect was what would become of Fast & Furious 7 following Paul Walker’s untimely death yesterday.
A tweet from Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood claimed that, “Sources tell me Paul Walker’s ‘Fast & Furious 7′ is in midst of filming with cast and crew “on holiday’. Majority of footage already shot,” but no announcement was made by the studio or any of the cast or crew. Now, it has been announced the filming on the highly anticipated sequel has been delayed to give Walker’s friends, family and co-workers time to grieve and also for the studio to figure out what they are going to do without one of the lead actors. The delay on production is indefinite.
According to The Wrap, shooting was set to continue this week in Atlanta with scenes that would include Walker. Production would then go to Abu Dali. They also claim that filming was halfway done. Now, it looks as though plans are going to change, as director James Wan and Universal have “not (made) any concrete determinations as to how the story or production would be altered.” They have also not determined whether or not the release date will need to change. The film is currently set to be released on July 11, 2014.
Not knowing what scenes have been shot and what scenes were supposed to be filmed, it is hard to know what the best course of action would be from an outsider perspective. Obviously, Wan and Universal are walking a tight rope of continuing the story in a way that makes sense while also respecting the fans who enjoyed Walker’s character and presence in the films. It may or may not be best to cut him from the movie entirely, it’s hard to know.
Whatever they decide, for now it is ultimately best to respect Walker and his friends and family as they go through this tough time.