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As family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn Paul Walker‘s tragic death, the filmmakers behind Fast & Furious 7 are left with the unenviable task of figuring out how to proceed without one of their stars. One of the options being floated, according to a recent report, is to scrap the movie entirely and start over from the beginning.

In the meantime, the studio has hit upon one way to honor the star’s memory. A portion of the proceeds from home entertainment sales of Fast & Furious 6 will go toward Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide. Hit the jump for more on Universal’s plans for both movies.

Update: Universal issued a statement this morning saying that Fast & Furious 7 has been shut down for now. The future of the film in its current incarnation is unknown. Read the statement below.

 

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First Look: Kurt Russell in ‘Fast & Furious 7′

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It was only a few weeks ago that we first heard Kurt Russell could join Vin Diesel and company for Fast & Furious 7. Now, not only has that casting been 100% confirmed, we actually have our first look at the action star on set. Check it out after the jump.

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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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Steve Carell doesn’t actually need to dress up as Gru to play him for Despicable Me 2, but don’t tell him that. Also after the jump:

  • Broken Lizard is planning Weedfest and Super Troopers 2
  • Despicable Me 2‘s villainous El Macho is finally revealed
  • See new pics and a filmmakers’ message from Insidious Chapter 2
  • James Wan explores Abu Dhabi as a potential Fast 7 location
  • Michelle Rodriguez glowers in her Machete Kills poster

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‘Fast & Furious 7′ Set For July 2014 Release

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Universal is really charging forward with the next movie in the Fast and the Furious series. Vin Diesel said recently that Fast & Furious 7 (that’s the official title at this point) will shoot this summer, and now, at CinemaCon, the actor has announced a July 11, 2014 release for the seventh film in the series. Read More »

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The finale of the Dwayne Johnson Spring Movie Extravaganza comes May 24 with Fast and Furious 6. It’ll be The Rock’s third major film in three months and it features an expansion of his supporting role from Fast Five. Johnson returns as Luke Hobbs, a federal agent who puts aside his differences with Dom and Brian (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) to help bring down a much worse criminal, played by Luke Evans.

Though we haven’t seen Fast and Furious 6 yet, one would assume Hobbs survives for the series finale, Fast and Furious 7, likely directed by James Wan. However, in a new interview, Johnson admits if the Fast Seven shooting schedule lines up as rumored (Vin Diesel said it’s shooting in Los Angeles this summer) he won’t be able to be part of it as he’ll be overseas shooting Brett Ratner’s Hercules.

Check out Johnson’s brand new, character-centric poster and read some quotes, below. Read More »

James Wan in Talks for ‘Fast & Furious 7′

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When Justin Lin decided to exit the Fast and the Furious series after directing four consecutive installments, he opened up a plum gig at one of the hottest franchises in Hollywood. Now it looks like Universal’s found just the man to take it.

Saw director James Wan has entered talks to direct The Fast and the Furious 7, with the deal expected to close sometime in the next week or so. The quick progress is beneficial for the studio, which reportedly wants to put the film in theaters next year. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Though Fast and Furious fans are excited to be getting a new film soon, many took a moment of silence this week for Justin Lin‘s departure from the series. The director of the third, fourth, fifth and now sixth installments recently revealed that he wouldn’t return for Fast and Furious 7. Universal wants to rush it out next year, and he didn’t feel the schedule was creatively workable. This is the guy who took a franchise about racing cars a quarter mile at a time and turned it into a bona fide blockbuster action franchise. His touch will be missed.

That leaves Fast and Furious 7 in need of a director and Latino-Review is reporting three men are currently on the short list. They are Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »

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