Producers and execs behind Fast and the Furious 7, along with director James Wan and screenwriter Chris Morgan, had an awful task at the end of last year: figure out how to move forward with the film in the wake of Paul Walker’s death. Much of the film had been shot when Walker’s life was claimed by an auto accident at the end of November, but the actor still had to shoot some of his most significant scenes.
Now there’s word that all involved have settled on a plan: as much of Walker’s footage will be used as possible, but his character will effectively be written out of the series, or “retired,” in a respectful manner. Read More »
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Posted on Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Ever since Paul Walker‘s tragic passing, it’s been a given that Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 would be pushed back. The only question was when it’d be pushed back to. Officially, the studio’s avoided saying anything concrete. But now, thanks to star Vin Diesel, we have the answer: Spring 2015. Hit the jump for more details.
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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 »
Prior to the car crash that claimed the life of Paul Walker this past weekend, production on Fast and the Furious 7 was set to resume this week in Atlanta after a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Now the production team faces not only the tremendous grief for their friend, but the fact that he was part of a huge undertaking that a giant corporation sees as a key element of its fiscal success for 2014.
There are conflicting details about the future of Fast 7 at this point, but the consensus at this point is at least this: the film must be significantly rewritten, and will likely be completed. Whether it will be finished in time for a July 11, 2014 release date — an ambitious plan even under prime circumstances — remains to be seen. Read More »
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 »
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Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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The more that’s slowly revealed about James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7, the more excited I’m getting for the film. Last year we heard Jason Statham was going to be the main bad guy in the film, then Kurt Russell was cast, Djimon Hounsou joined up, and a few weeks ago fans went nuts when Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black joined tying the whole franchise together.
Wan has also been building anticipation through his Twitter feed, @CreepyPuppet, and the latest photo is the best yet. It’s an Aston Martin driven by the film’s villain. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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