Update on the current status of Fast & Furious 7
Re-writes are happening that may enable Fast & Furious 7 to go back before the cameras in January...
It was recently announced that Fast & Furious 7 was on an indefinite hiatus, following the tragic death of star Paul Walker. It was up in the air as to how Universal would proceed, with the idea of starting from scratch seeming like a viable option. That was perceived to be an easier way to move forward, rather than trying to re-work what they had filmed already. Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, would still feature, but obviously not to the extent they had originally planned.
The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that screenwriter Chris Morgan has been charged with attempting to salvage what he can in the form of script revisions. Said revisions would use as much as possible from currently shot footage, whilst retiring Walker’s character from the series in an appropriate manner. It can’t be an easy task but it looks like a form of mitigation to prevent a $150m insurance claim that would stand as one of the biggest in Hollywood history.
Universal is keen to state that there will still be a Fast & Furious 7 and all involved could return as early as the end of January to either finish or start over depending on what is considered to be the best way forward. Universal is also still planning an eighth instalment which is little surprise given just how much of a successful franchise this is for the studio.
It's worth noting that it's still keeping the release of the 11th July 2014 at this point but it's surely only a matter of time before that changes. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has already been moved forward to that slot so Fox clearly feels or knows that Fast & Furious 7 will miss the release.
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