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Paul Walker May Still Be In Fast & Furious 7

Submitted by on December 13, 2013 – 10:44 amNo Comment


The tragedy that took Paul Walker‘s life may be still fresh on the minds of his fans but, as they say, the show must go on.

It was up in the air as to how Walker’s death would affect the Fast & Furious series with the seventh installment being more than halfway done with production. But it appears that the film will continue as the writers are working hard on revisions that will hopefully find a way to give Walker’s character a proper sendoff rather than eliminate him from the entire movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if everything goes well with the revisions, the film could head back into production by the end of January.

Sources say writer Chris Morgan now is at work crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker’s character from the series using scenes already shot. If he succeeds, cast and crew could be called back to work by late January — but that’s a big if.

The challenge here is that Walker shot half of his role but was scheduled to do the heavy lifting in January. Now that he is no longer a part of the movie, writers are scrambling to salvage what they have already shot. NBCUniversal has already put $150 million into the film and is in a tough position. Either way, the plan currently is to keep Walker into the film but walk the fine line as the film features several car crashes and viewers, as well as those close to him, may be extremely sensitive to Walker being in a film about cars when he passed away in one.

While a January restart is the goal, it is far from certain. Sources say the film’s July 11 release has been scrapped (Fox moved its Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to that slot). But insiders are confident Universal will release a seventh Fast and probably an eighth. “I actually believe [the tragedy] will add to returns,” says a rival studio exec. A Universal insider agrees: “Sadly, it will probably make people more interested.”

What do you think of the film moving forward without Walker?

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