Paul Walker Death: ‘Fast & Furious 7' Shutting Down Production, Universal Says

Paul Walker Death: 'Fast & Furious 7' Shutting Down Production, Universal Says

Shooting had been scheduled for Monday

Universal is shutting down production on “Fast & Furious 7” after the death of star Paul Walker, the studio said Wednesday.

The studio cited the need to assess all options to move forward in the franchise and to provide support to Walker's family and those involved in the movies.

“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,” the studio said. ” 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.”

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Production on the film was more than halfway done when Walker and business partner Roger Rodas died in a fiery car accident on Saturday. The two were on their way back to an event for Walker's charity, Reach Out Worldwide. Production was on break for the holidays.

Universal Pictures, the producers and director James Wan have been in constant consultation this week to decide on different ways to proceed. TheWrap reported Tuesday that the movie's producers have explored scrapping all the footage and starting the story from scratch. Yet sources cautioned no decision has been made.

Walker, a 40 year old Southern California native and car fanatic, was one the central figures in the popular movie franchise, playing cop turned criminal Brian O’Conner, a member of the racing crew led by Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto.

The series began with O’Conner working Toretto as an undercover cop before , and that relationship served as the basis for most of the movies. Walker appeared in every movie save the third film, “Tokyo Drift.”

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Most still expect Universal to make the movie, the latest installment in one of the studio's most significant franchises. “Fast & Furious 6” grossed nearly $800 million at the worldwide box office, the most of any movie in the franchise.

Universal was already developing an eighth film, yet it has turned its focus to forging a new path for “Fast & Furious 7” after a tragedy involving one of its biggest stars.

The next movie was set to come out next July, and that date now seems impossible to reach. For now, Universal is giving the cast and crew time to mourn — and its creative team, led by Wan, producer Neal Moritz and writer Chris Morgan, time to figure out the next move.

  • xpowner97

    I truly think it would be a tragic disservice to Paul's memory to remove him from this film when he is one of the reasons the Fast and Furious franchise has become what it is. Why not let the other cast members, his F&F family, decide how Paul will “depart” within the content of it?

    • Talya Price

      I agree. Or they can finish this film and dedicate it to his memory and finish the Fast and Furious franchise once and for all. There is no need to continue now that Paul is dead.

  • Wayne C. Perry

    I think they should finish it.They could write in a scene somehow where he is driving along and has an accident or something of that nature, and write a funeral into it at the closing of the flim, dedicate it to him, make a boxset of all of the movies, sell it and have a portion of the proceeds goto his charity. They could continue the series with mia's and his child.

    • jem1976

      or they could have somebody they are fighting with in the movie shoot him and the gang goes after them. my prayers goes out to his family and friends, he was a great actor and will be missed so much by all

    • Idiotas

      So you are better thinker than the rest of Universal Staff ey?

  • Rochelle Conroy

    I think they should finish the movie and pay tribute to Paul in this movie. Do not degrade him by starting over. He was a key player and taken him out would not be cool.

  • New Faces

    Universal should hire Jordin Sparks and Avan Jogia for this franchise. The Fast and Furious needs new and fresh faces to stay connected to the people who buy the tickets, dvd, Blu-ray, etc. .

    • AL CALI

      Those that watch CHICAGO FIRE know there is an actor who could fit in the replacement role.His name escapes me but he would be the one that could be the brother of PAUL WALKER who is called upon by DIESEL to handle the funeral arrangements once it becomes known that Walker was killed.Then the brother gets tight with Diesel and is asked to join the family to find his killer.He is another lookalike of Paul and could easily be considered family.I don't feel it will be easy to forget Paul,but someone as manly could do the job.

  • Capnsaveemm

    Finish this one and just edit somehow to make him die

  • eugenehiggins

    I do think they should finish the film but be very careful on how to do it. Adding a death scene of Paul may prove more discomfort for his family.

    • Alexandra Jade Weibley

      Have his character and Mia retire and settle down to a tropical island or something like that.

  • Senor Debomon

    They do need to finish the movie as is and ad a scene in the movie where one of the team gets a phone call that his character has been in a car accident. and they should have a funeral and have all characters from all movies speak at it, then they pull off a big race or hist in his memory.

    As for the car accident i think they may have been chased by paparazzi and crashed.

  • Winger

    This really sucks having to go through this. He (Mr. Paul Walker) was made for this role and I don't ever see another actor taking over for him and being as successful. In my opinion Mr. Walker took the F & F franchise along with him. I myself love the F & F franchise, but Mr. Walker was basically the “face” of F & F along with Vin Diesel, and I say it's time to end it at F & F 6 with all due respect. My utmost sincere condolences to his family.

  • Alexandra Jade Weibley

    What Would Paul Walker Do?

    I feel he would want us to continue and finish “Fast & Furious 7″ with what was filmed already. He wouldn't want it scrapped. Dedicated to Paul Walker! Love you brother R.I.P. Paul Walker!

  • billconner

    To the family and friends of Paul Walker my deepest sympathy he will be missed,
    Myself I can't see killing the character off maybe a crush were he needs plastic surgery and it won't be that much of a shock to have a different looking guy there I believe the character living on would pay more tribute to Mr Walker and give a percentage of the box to the family for the character of Brian O'Connor if they do more than one you still need Brian O'Connor

    • Mourning Paul Walker fan

      Paul Walker is Brian O Connor & no other actor could ever replace him in the Fast & Furious movies . They need to write him out of the movie somehow. Either have him & Mia retire or kill him off & then end the series after this one. Fast & the Furious will not be the same without him
      RIP Paul Walker

      • billconner

        It will be up to the writers and studio and family members on what they do but they do have a 8 in line after 7 don't know how much filming they have done of 7 so I guess they will sort it all out like it said But with Toretto and O'Connor being the main characters
        Its hard to lose one if your going to continue is all I'm saying with them coming out with 8 in the above mean they already have a story line

  • ej

    I say just find another off the street actor the chance to be come the next Paul walker that's how I say it. So sorry for the Walker's family and Mr. Paul Walker would like that too. He live his life on stardom and on the fast lane as well so find someone and give them that chance and let Mr. Walker rest in peace.

  • G.west

    I agree with Wayne c. Perry's comment…they should finish it that way Paul is in it and write the character off in a very tasteful way that will honor is memory and family..

  • Matthew Mullin

    Or just shut up and mourn the loss of our friend, and let the pros. Handle the next step just because it is a great movie you don't have to rush. The movie to come out when it is time it will. We will always miss you Paul God Bless you and your family friends co-stars