The blockbuster movie franchise, The Fast and The Furious will continue despite the loss of one the film’s leading stars, Paul Walker. Fast and Furious 7 will restart production after a long delay due to the unexpected tragic death of Walker on November 30, 2013. The studio, Universal Pictures, and the director, James Wan, will proceed with filming on April 1, allowing them one year to complete the movie that is slated to be released on April 2015, after its previous release date of July 2014. At the time of Walker’s death, the film was 50 percent completed, forcing existing footage to be modified. Shooting the remainder of the film will take approximately six to eight weeks with the cast and crew returning to Atlanta.
For Fast and Furious fans, the recommencement of production for the seventh installment is bittersweet news; however, the movie franchise will continue without one of the main characters, Brian O’Connor, a former policeman turned criminal, who was portrayed by Walker. Before his untimely passing, the crew was scheduled to shoot car crash scenes in Abu Dhabi to finish the film. Universal Pictures has delicately strategized the direction of Fast and Furious 7 by respecting the loss of Walker to his grieving family and friends and by maintaining their bottom line objective of the profitable franchise. After exploring many options, the studio is aware that “the show must go on.”
In the midst of all the rumors and speculation concerning the prospects of Fast and Furious 7, the cast and crew of the movie have to deal with the loss of their friend and colleague. The absence of Walker on the set will be a difficult process for them to endure. However, with the delay of filming, hopefully family, friends and colleagues have been given enough time to grieve and come to terms with the tragedy. Costars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez have made a touching tribute to the late actor by reaching out to his family and by posting a video.
Fast and Furious 7 is expected to encounter rewrites and fine-tuning of footage to make the movie alluring to moviegoers in the absence of Walker. The movie franchise stands to lose a lot of appeal with the non-appearance of Brian O’Connor in upcoming films since he has been an original character since the first installment. However, Hollywood is a money-making machine and if the franchise maintains its box office success, who knows how many more installments could be churned out without the late beloved actor?
It has been decided that the character Brian O’Connor will not be killed off but retired in order for the Fast and Furious movie franchise to continue without Paul Walker. This subtle farewell will be a lasting tribute to the memory of Paul Walker. Killing off his character would be inappropriate and that would result in mourning for him twice. Paul Walker and his character will continue to live on as far as the Fast and Furious franchise keeps going. Fast and Furious 7 will surely see big box office numbers due to Paul Walker ‘s fans who will want to see the late star one last time.
By Isriya Kendrick