Following Paul Walker‘s death last month, the future of Fast & Furious 7 became a big question mark. Production on the film, which was ongoing when Walker died in a car crash on Nov. 30!
The big question is what was going to happen to the Paul Walker vessel which was actually created for him to be the lead.
The film has said to be postponed indefinitely and Universal has officially scrapped the planned July 11, 2014 release date. It appears the film is being rewritten to bid Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, farewell, while Universal is trying to salvage ALL scenes Paul Walker and what has already been shot for the film.
So now what?
Well the rewrite falls to Chris Morgan, who wrote the original script, the man who created the franchise for Walker himself.
Talk about a hard to do?
Here’s the drop via The Hollywood Reporter:
Morgan is currently revising the script so that Walker’s character can be retired and as much as possible of what’s already been shot and what can still be used for the film while keeping its integrity. Right now, the hope is that the cast will be able to get back to work by late January:
A Universal source says based on fan reaction, there is support for completing the version of the movie that was underway, even though it is said to contain several car crashes. “What will drive everything is, is there an honorable and sensible way to do this?” says the source, but “there’s not really a road map” for the situation.
However, the possibility remains that Morgan will not be able to make the rewrite work and Universal will have to completely scrap production and start anew. If this happens, it could could be the largest insurance claim in Hollywood‘s history, according to THR. Universal has reportedly already spent $150 million on Fast & Furious 7 and its insurance company, Fireman’s Fund, would have to reimburse the studio in full, should Universal decide that it must completely start the film over.
The whole Fast and Furious family wants to give Paul Walker an ‘honorable’ send-off.
Regardless of what happens, we will MOST LIKELY not be seeing a Fast & Furious movie next summer.
However, there’s no OFFICIAL word on when Universal is looking to release the 7th installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.