After the tragic death of star Paul Walker, the fate of Fast and Furious 7 was very much in doubt. Everyone knew Walker would want nothing more than the film to be finished, and the cast and crew pulled together to get the movie done. New cast members were added and a later release date was set. Finally, Fast and Furious 7 finished filming this week. It’s the same week, coincidentally, that the film was originally going to be released in theaters.
To mark the occasion, a note was put on the Fast and Furious Facebook page thanking fans for their kinds words and prayers. It’s a really nice tribute to Walker and the rest of the group. Read it below. Read More »
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The passing of Paul Walker was a tragedy felt by many, but no one felt it more keenly than his family. Walker left behind a daughter, siblings and many others who loved him more than any fan ever could. Last week, news broke that two of Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker, would be given a rare opportunity to pay tribute to their brother by joining the cast of Fast and Furious 7 as stand-ins for Paul. Now, co-star Vin Diesel posted a photo of Paul’s brothers from the set, and it’s pretty obvious this tribute is going to work. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
More details are emerging on how Fast & Furious 7 will work around Paul Walker‘s absence. Last month, we got word that the filmmakers were planning to replace the late star with body doubles and CGI. Today we have more info on who, exactly, will stand in for Walker.
The production has just announced that Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody Walker have joined the cast to help fill out sequences that needed more from Paul Walker. Get more details and read the official statement after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
After much deliberation, the filmmakers of Fast & Furious 7 announced in January that they would deal with star Paul Walker‘s death by “retiring” his character Brian O’Conner. But that still left a lot of questions about how, exactly, they’d turn Walker’s half-completed performance into a full one. Now a new report offers the unsurprising answer: through the judicious use of CGI and body doubles. Get the details after the jump.
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This second Brick Mansions trailer, for the the Banlieue 13 remake that is also one of the late Paul Walker’s final films, relies on a moody cover of ‘Stand by Me’ to give it a little oomph. Not that the trailer really needs it, as the action (also featuring RZA and original B13 star and parkour pioneer David Belle) looks to be pretty hard-hitting and high-flying.
Luc Besson, who produced the original, scripted this remake, which opens in April. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
With a new script, a new release date, and a new plan for working around Paul Walker‘s passing, Fast & Furious 7 is finally getting ready to resume production.
Universal is gearing up to start filming again in Atlanta, where the high-speed actioner had been shooting before Walker’s death. More details on the shoot after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Shortly before his death in November, Paul Walker wrapped shooting on Camille Delamarre‘s Brick Mansions. The film is now headed for an April release, and the first trailer has just landed.
A remake of the French thriller Banlieue 13 (known in the U.S. as District B13), Brick Mansions features Walker as an undercover cop who must team with an ex-con (David Belle) to take on a drug kingpin (RZA) in the most dangerous tenement in a dystopian Detroit. It looks a little like what might happen if Brian O’Connor was dropped into Dredd or The Raid. Watch the video after the jump.
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Brick Mansions, one of the final films to feature the late Paul Walker, was once tentatively scheduled to open this month. But Relativity Media has now pushed the movie to April 25. The movie is a remake of Banlieue 13, released in the US as District 13. This also sheds additional light on the recent move of Earth to Echo into July, as Brick Mansions now has the date originally occupied by Earth to Echo. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
When Paul Walker passed away late last year, he was at a very busy point in his career. His Hours was on the verge of opening, he’d already wrapped Brick Mansions, and he was in the middle of shooting Fast & Furious 7. He also had a few more projects lined up beyond that. One, Agent 47, went to Homeland star Rupert Friend yesterday. Now another, The Best of Me, could be taken over by James Marsden.
Michael Hoffman (most recently of the Coens-scripted Gambit) is directing the romance, based on a novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks. Michelle Monaghan is set to co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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