With the tragic death of Paul Walker, Universal studios was forced – understandably – to delay production of Fast and Furious 7, which Walker was still filming at the time of his death.
It was feared by many that this would be the end of the Fast and Furious franchise, as Walker was such a big part of the series and as a mark of respect to the actor. However, The Conjuring director James Wan – director of the seventh movie – has been talking to TMZ about the current state of the production and the emotional state of the cast and crew – the F&F movies have become well known for their overall feeling of family among those involved – and it seems that thing are progressing.
Wan said the cast and crew are “very sad and sombre, [but they are] dealing with it.”
When asked if Fast 7 would still happen he said, without flinching, “Yes”.
The movie was originally set for release next July, but this seems unlikely now.
So what say you? We here at FTN were shocked by Walker’s death and, having had a F&F marathon at the weekend, I personally never realised before that the movies – with the exception of Tokyo Drift – were really the story of Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor. That said, if the movies can continue without him, I feel they should – they have become strong enough to continue, with characters and story arcs that continue to keep the fans hooked. I also think that, as cliche as it sounds, Walker would want these movies to continue…
Or am I wrong?
Let us know in the usual ways…