“Fast and Furious 7” has decided to move on after Paul Walker’s sudden death and the best location to carry on with the production is Abu Dhabi, where a scene of the famous franchise was spotted. After Vin Diesel announced on his Facebook page that the seventh installment of the franchise will be released on April 10, 2015 and posted a photo of Paul Walker and himself from the set, new video shows that the production has moved to Abu Dhabi, despite the fact that fans thought “Fast and Furious 7” will continue the plot of “Tokyo Drift,” therefore move the set to Tokyo.
Tyrese Gibson, also known as Roman by the franchise’s fans confirmed that the movie would continue the production in Abu Dhabi and that Paul Walker is one of the reasons why the actors must keep filming.
“At this point, it’s a multicultural film that has (had an impact) around the world, I know he would want us to continue doing this on his behalf,” Gibson said.
As a result, “Fast and Furious 7 ” moved with the production to Abu Dhabi and fans captured a video of a bright-red Ferrari 458 Italia trying to run away from the police. Although the person behind the wheel remains unknown, fans say it could be Paul Walker’s character. The National also broke the news that last Friday, the traffic in Abu Dhabi was disrupted because of a “shooting of a mystery film.”
Even if Abu Dhabi’s media zone twofour54 denied that “Fast and Furious 7” was the reason why the traffic was deviated, the presence of a bright-red Ferrari, a red Mustang, a tan Lincoln, a white Expedition and more than one Abu Dhabi Police cars could confirm the rumors. However, twofour54 released a statement last Thursday according to which “the video with cars racing in Abu Dhabi is not related to the filming of Fast and Furious 7.”
The filming reportedly began around 7:00 a.m. and by about 1:00 p.m., the traffic returned to normal. News regarding the presence of any of the franchise’s actors have not been confirmed, but before Walker’s tragic accident, the chief executive of twofour54, Noura Al Kaabi admitted that “Fast and Furious 7” would be filmed in Abu Dhabi, thanks to a financial initiative launched in September 2012. The Abu Dhabi Government has been trying to allure international film and television production to the Emirate, by reimbursing 30 percent of the filming budget to production crews.
The Franchise’s Future
After Paul Walker lost his life in a tragic accident, the production of “Fast and Furious 7” was ceased for a period of time in order to decide what would happen with character Brian O’Conner. The scenes the late actor filmed are reportedly present in the installment, but it remains unclear whether the character will die or be retired.
Actor Kurt Russell, who is supposed to appear in “Fast and Furious 7” confirmed that it has not been decided yet what will happen with Walker’s part.
“It’s the worst thing that can happen to a movie, but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul,” Russell said.
Russell reassured the press that although the plot has to be rewritten, the franchise’s crew will do everything to “deal with the situation” and that all actors should go back to work after things settle down and the production is back on track. Meanwhile, although none of “Fast and Furious 7” actors have been spotted in the video, fans still believe that the seventh installment of the franchise has moved on in the reportedly pre-established location, namely Abu Dhabi.
By Gabriela Motroc