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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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Briefly: There’s still rampant speculation about what Universal will do with the seventh Fast and the Furious film, which is on hiatus while all involved figure out how to move the series forward in the wake of Paul Walker’s tragic death.

The assumption is that the movie will be significantly delayed, and that’s likely part of the reason Fox has pulled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes up to FF7‘s July 11, 2014 release date. The Apes sequel was originally set to arrive a week later, on July 18. While Rise of the Planet of the Apes did far better than expected in 2011, and Fox has every reason to think that this sequel will find an audience as well, it wouldn’t deliberately go head to head with a Fast/Furious sequel if it didn’t have to. This move is therefore the biggest indicator of prevailing belief that Universal will need a lot more time to figure out a plan for Fast 7.

Outside of Comic Con there has been no footage release from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but the film features Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis, with Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) directing. [Variety]

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 - Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel

Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump:

  • Gareth Evans breaks down the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal
  • Michael Bay hints at a big theme from Transformers 4
  • Steven Spielberg gets a bit political while in Hawaii for Jurassic World
  • See more pics of Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 7
  • The 300: Rise of an Empire site offers new pics and footage

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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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Vin Diesel keeps his fans happy by posting a lot of personal messages and little videos to Facebook. His latest, which is actually a “reward” to all the people who like him, is a behind the scenes video from the set of Fast & Furious 7. The film, directed by James Wan, also features Thai action phenomenon Tony Jaa, and this video features the two actors in a training session. Check it out below. Read More »

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That image above is the first teaser art for The Raid 2: Berandal. The film is in production now, with Iko Uwais returning in a lead role, and Gareth Evans directing once more. Expect more action and violence in the vein of the first, but on a bigger scale. Thanks to Twitch. After the break, you’ll find:

  • More talk of a third X-Files film.
  • Christoph Waltz won’t be in Horrible Bosses 2.
  • What’s up with a third Bridget Jones film, now that the new book is out?
  • Mark Wahlberg blames the Entourage delay on greed.
  • See a Fast & Furious 7 stunt setup photo
  • Thor 2 is tracking well.
  • Paul Greengrass comments on the chance of Matt Damon being Bourne again.

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The Heat

It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:

  • Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
  • New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
  • Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
  • Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
  • Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
  • See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4

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