The tragic and untimely death of star Paul Walker created a halt for the production of The Fast & Furious 7 but now after four months of mourning the cast, crew, and producers are ready to move on. The producers have recently announced that the production of the movie is ready to take full speed.
It was a surprise to many on November 30 when the actor who played Brian O’Connor was killed in a car crash in Santa Clarita. News reported that he and driver Roger Rodas had just attended a charity event not far from the place of the accident when they ended up taking a deadly drive. The two left the scene and shortly after they crashed into a tree and a light post, leaving the car to catch fire minutes later. The coroner later reported that the car was traveling at a speed of at least 100 mph and that the reason the driver lost control was unknown. Rodger Rodas and Paul Walker died from injuries suffered in the crash.
This turn of events left the producers of the movie saddened and scrambling to try to figure out what was next for the movie. It was obvious that the movie would have to be delayed but the producers were hoping that they could continue on the legacy of The Fast & Furious franchise and still pay tribute to Paul Walker by continuing to host the character Brian O’Connor in the movie. Though they were unsure of how they would do so without one of the main actors.
The Fast & Furious 7 was originally supposed to be released on July 11, 2014 but after the news of Walker’s death the production of the film was, according to sources, suspended indefinitely, but now the producers of are ready to move on with shooting the film. At first there was some controversy over how Paul Walker’s character would be involved in the movie but after some debate the producers have announced that they decided to use the character and rather than kill him off they think they can ‘retire’ the character.
The crew will use already shot footage of the movie, as it was already half-way done when the cast and crew took their Thanksgiving break, the time during which Walker passed. The producers have now said that they will cut and rearrange the shots they have of Walker and use them in the movie then ‘retire’ the character so the movie will continue on.
While there is still some controversy over using footage of Walker after he has passed, this move is foreseen to be a smart move for the movie Fast & Furious 7 as it is a large money-making franchise bringing in almost $2.4 billion since the year 2001 when the first movie was released. All of the movies in the series have been very successful and everyone involved in the movie is hoping to continue to bring in success even after tragedy.
The ongoing production of the movie has apparently sparked hope in Vin Diesel who plays the character Dominic Toretto. He posted on social media that he was now shooting “with a purpose” and that he would work to make sure that number 7 was the best of the series in order to pay tribute to Paul Walker.
Production of the Fast & Furious 7 will move on to finish for a new release date of April 10, 2015. Cast and crew will return to Atlanta on March 31 where they plan to finish out the movie on a good note.
By Crystal Boulware