The making of ‘Fast & Furious 7’ has hit a standstill as the cast and crew struggle to cope with Paul’s death, but in an interview on Dec. 6, the movie’s director assured fans that the project was NOT being abandoned.
It’s completely understandable that the making of Fast & Furious 7 was shut down in the wake of Paul Walker‘s sudden death. But if the entire movie were scrapped, it’d just add more negativity to Paul’s already tragic end. Thankfully, the movie’s director James Wan put on a strong face on Dec. 6 and affirmed that production will go on.
James Wan: ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Will Go On
Then, when James was asked if production on the upcoming movie would continue, he resolutely stated, “Yes,” multiple times.
He didn’t give any indication on how he and the producers and writers plan on dealing with Paul’s death in the movie, but it’s clear that their options are limited. Paul was in the middle of filming scenes when his life was tragically taken, so the makers of Fast could either write his death into the existing plot, or scrap the entire story and start fresh. Personally, we just hope they find a way to truly honor Paul in the movie.
‘Fast & Furious 7’ Production Halted
James’ positive show of solidarity comes just two days after Universal Pictures announced that production on Fast & Furious 7 was being put on hold. They made the announcement in a somber statement:
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. 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 can’t imagine the Fast movies without Paul, but scrapping the seventh installment wouldn’t be the right decision — it wouldn’t be keeping with Paul’s spirit and passion. If production does go on, at least the filmmakers will be able to make sure the franchise’s fans remember Paul in the right light.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is it good that Fast & Furious 7 is still going to be made?
— Andrew Gruttadaro