Universal puts Fast & Furious 7 on hold
Universal has formally announced that it's shutting down production on Fast & Furious 7.
It was announced that the production of Fast & Furious 7 was on an indefinite hiatus following Paul Walker's death this past weekend, partly as a sign of respect and to allow the cast and crew who grew close to him over the years to grieve, and partly so those involved could figure out what to do with the film which as it stands is half complete.
Universal has since confirmed that it'll be donating some of the profits from the imminent US DVD and Blu-ray release of Fast & Furious 6 to Paul Walker's Reach Out WorldWide charity, of which you can find details here.
The studio has also released a statement regarding Fast & Furious 7, a film that it's shutting down. The statement reads:
"Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker".
Inevitably, the studio looks like it's facing a straight decision between starting over, or reworking what it has. We'd be surprised either way if it was still released in time for July 2014, but that seems like about the least important thing about it right now. Our thoughts very much remain with Walker's family and friends.
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