Universal puts Fast & Furious 7 on hold

News Glen Chapman 5 Dec 2013 - 07:00

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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Can't remember being this sad about anything in years.... rubbish isn't it.

This is tough, especially for the the family and friends. But, and I never thought i'd say this, that I actually have sympathy for Universal. The series is such a money-spinner for them that they are going to have to tread VERY carefully because they simply won't be able to not do another installment. And without those big bucks coming in, it could have the knock-on effect on productions and greenlights for smaller movies.
That is assuming that all of the cast want to come back of course after all this, contracts be damned. It's an awful, crappy situation for just everyone concerned.

I agree. It really is tough. I kinda hope that they won't just start over with F&F7 but find some way to incorporate the footage already shot with Paul Walker (assuming it is not against his family's wishes). Everyone watching will know the situation and it would feel wrong to completely scrap it.

You know, obviously I didn't know Paul Walker and I'd probably have never called myself a big fan of his work, but reading the news on Sunday just left me so sad. Life can be gone so so quickly, and it's the people left behind that have to pick up the pieces and find some way to carry on. When the loved one was a celebrity and there are constant reminders everywhere you look, well I can't imagine how tough that must be for them.

I guess that contradicts my first paragraph. Rubbish situation through and through.

No one knows what Paul Walker would have wanted, but I can take a guess he would not want them to NOT make a F&F 7 film. He pretty much spent his acting life in these films and they became a part of him. He even used his own car for 2 Fast 2 Furious!

I am sure he would want everyone to go on without him and continue one of the most surprising good franchises I have ever seen.

They definitely need to take a break for a good while and re-assess how to move on once we have all come to terms with this tragic news.

Hopefully it will carry on - I only watched all the films for the first recently.

Hmm. This might have to end in some sort of awful reboot situation.

I'm not a big fan of these movies (5 was OK, but I dozed off during 6), but people obviously like them so it would be nice to see them continue. Whether they do should rest on whether they can write out Paul's character in an appropriate and sensitive way. That obviously won't be easy and depends on what footage they have available.

Re-casting the role seems the obvious solution but also so callous. It's a tough call for the producers.

I agree with both of you. I think the F&F fans are quite vocal (the reason Michelle Rodriguez was brought back was because of the fans), maybe Universal will listen to some suggestions on the forums. I think the best thing they have done is put it on hold. As suggested, everyone will understand, Universal will put some of the profits of F&F6 into his charity and I would imagine some of the profits paying off some losses made by this tragedy. A terrible tragedy.

If a hollywood actor's death is the saddest thing in your life, count yourself lucky.

It will definitely continue because of they're such a success - money talks, after all.

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