‘Fast & Furious 7’ was indefinitely put on hold, following the tragic death of Paul Walker, but was recently set to resume filming in April 2014. Now, Universal Pictures has confirmed that production will resume on March 31.
The ‘Fast & Furious 7’ family was left traumatized when Paul Walker was killed in a devastating car crash, but the race must continue. Set to hit theaters in April 2015, production for the seventh installment will kick back into gear at the end of this month, on March 31, according to new reports.
‘Fast & Furious 7’ Filming to Resume on March 31
It’s going to be a tough ride, but the cast and crew of ‘Fast & Furious 7’ are gearing up to resume filming without their dear friend Paul Walker. According to E!, Universal Pictures confirmed earlier this week that “shooting will resume on March 31 in Atlanta…meaning the cast and crew will be heading back to work roughly four months after the shocking death of franchise star Paul Walker.”
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Paul had already completed many of his scenes so his character, Brian O’Conner, will remain in the film.
Paul Walker’s Character to Stay in Movie
Producers have made it clear that they will retire Paul’s character respectfully, in a manner that will gratify fans.
“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,” The Hollywood Reporter reported. “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.”
Paul’s costars have also commented on their late friend’s inclusion in the film. Tyrese Gibson, who was an extremely close friend of Paul’s is inspired to keep the late actor in his spirits and keep the franchise going to honor him.
“Thank God close to 85 percent of the movie was shot with him in it,” Tyrese told Yahoo’s The Insider. “The fans are really going to feel like they’re still experiencing Paul Walker and Brian O’Conner in this franchise and we’re going to make it fun and make the best of it.”
HollywoodLifers, are you looking forward to seeing Paul in ‘Fast & Furious 7’?
— Rachel Yi
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