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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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 »
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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Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
If you consider sequel news to be a gift, we’ve got a whole sleigh full of presents for you. After the jump:
- No (duh), Justin Bieber won’t replace Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7
- Zoe Bell could become one of the ExpendaBelles
- Ricky Gervais will be back for Night at the Museum 3
- Phil “You Had One Job” Tippett is returning for Jurassic World
- Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is coming sometime in 2014
- Quentin Tarantino is really not interested in doing Kill Bill 3
- Zoolander 2 is “on hold,” and Dodgeball 2 has a script
- Someone has been arrested for that Transformers extortion attempt
- Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green gets their own 300 posters
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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 »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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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 »