‘Fast & Furious’ fans have been mulling over Brian O’Connor’s fate ever since Paul Walker’s tragic death on Nov. 30, and on Jan 3. it looks like they got their answer — a consensus has been made that Brian will live on.
When Fast & Furious 7 speeds into theaters on April 10, fans won’t have to worry about one character’s fate — on Jan. 3, reports surfaced that the late Paul Walker‘s character Brian O’Connor will live through the film, despite the actor’s real-life untimely death.
Paul Walker Won’t Die In ‘Fast & Furious 7’
After mulling over the decision for weeks, The Daily Mail reports that Fast & Furious 7 producers have come to a consensus, agreeing to not kill off Paul’s undercover cop Brian O’Connor. Instead, the character will retire.
“The plan is to ‘retire’ the character in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the existing footage of Walker,” The Daily Mail writes, quoting a report that reportedly comes from The Hollywood Reporter. (Daily Mail does not directly link to the report.)
Apparently, the decision was ultimately made because the studio wants to continue the franchise.
“In the weeks after the tragedy, director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan, and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Universal’s lead executive on the Fast films, pored over the footage Wan had shot,” Daily Mail continues. “The trio then devised a plan to tweak the existing script so that Walker would remain a part of the story but could be written out, allowing the franchise to continue without him.”
HollywoodLife.com has reached out to Universal Pictures for comment.
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— Shaunna Murphy