Fast and Furious 6 - Vin Diesel and Paul Walker

No one is ever prepared for the death of a loved one. Be it a family member, friend or acquaintance, when someone passes away, it can be impossible to focus on the future, and fill the hole they left. In the case of Paul Walker, who tragically passed away in November, that surely happened not only with his friends and family, but with his co-workers too. He was about halfway through filming the seventh film of the franchise that made him a superstar, Fast and Furious at the time of his death. When Walker passed, the studio was faced with some tough decisions. How would they deal with the grief while simultaneously paying tribute to the actor and finishing the film, which Walker likely would’ve wanted?

Over the past few weeks, many options have been mentioned – reshoots, delaying the film, rewriting the film – but a new one has now surfaced. A rumor is circulating that Universal Pictures has contacted Walker’s younger brother, Cody Walker, to help complete the film. Read More »

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Fast and Furious 7 - Kurt Russell

Production on Fast & Furious 7 has been on indefinite hold since the death of star Paul Walker on November 30, but sooner or later Universal is going to have to decide how it wants to proceed. Today, we have word that they’re making some tentative progress in that direction.

According to a new report, writer Chris Morgan is working to revise the screenplay so that the film can use the footage of Walker that’s already been shot, while simultaneously retiring his cop character Brian O’Conner. If all goes well, the shoot could resume in late January. Hit the jump for the latest on this tough situation.

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Fast and Furious 6 - Paul Walker

The world was rocked this weekend when actor Paul Walker died in a car crash at the age of 40. As someone who has followed his career since the very beginning, and has seen every Fast and Furious movie opening night, the news hit me much harder than I expected. Walker was such a fun person to watch. His presence and energy always burst through the screen and to see him blossom with growing franchise was continually rewarding. He was just at the beginning of a career that could have went anywhere.

That said, I couldn’t make it 50 seconds into a video Universal Pictures created as a tribute to Walker without the tears starting. It’s a beautiful, emotional piece of work. Check it out below. Read More »

Fast Six - Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Justin Lin

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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Fast and Furious 7 funeral

It’s no spoiler to say the end of 2013′s Fast and Furious 6 sets up 2014′s Fast and Furious 7 in a major way. The end credits tag introduces a brand new villain and ties the franchise back into its awesome black sheep entry, The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. We won’t see exactly how this new villain and setting plays out until director James Wan releases the sequel on July 11, but the soon-to-be-released Blu-ray for the sixth film does feature a full scene from the seventh. Read about it below, but beware of major spoilers for the previous films. Read More »

Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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Fast 7 BTS Diesel Rodriguez

There’s a lot of controversy on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction as principal photography concludes. But that’s not all in today’s Sequel Bets. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Michael Bay sets the record on the “extortion” rumors regarding Transformers: Age of Extinction.
  • Check out a brief glimpse of what the new Bumblebee might look like.
  • Harrison Ford said he’d love to be in Star Trek 3.
  • Miles Teller believes Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, is aiming at an April start date.
  • Vin Diesel tweeted two Behind the Scenes images from Fast and Furious 7.
  • Ridley Scott confirms Prometheus 2 is indeed still in the works.
  • Paramount has asked for a fourth Jackass sequel.
  • Soul Surfer herself, Bethany Hamilton, will be in Dolphin Tale 2.

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Dwayne Johnson

A few months back when Fast and Furious 6 was kicking ass at the box office and a seventh film was fast-tracked, producers talked about the schedule of Dwayne Johnson being a bit of an issue. The action star had committed to filming Hercules: The Thracian Wars with Brett Ratner, which has a July 25, 2014 release date, and was expected to return for James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7, which is scheduled for July 11, 2014.

So what’s the answer? A lack of sleep for Johnson. The actor just tweeted an image of himself in both Hercules and Fast and Furious 7, marking the end of one shoot and beginning of the second.  Read More »

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