Future of ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Revealed by Studio

December 2, 2013 By:
Future of ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Revealed by Studio

Paul Walker was filming the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, the series’ seventh film, when he died in a car collision Saturday afternoon.

As Hollywood continues to deal with the sudden loss, Universal and the makers of Fast & Furious 7—namely director James Wan—had a meeting Sunday morning to discuss how to handle the unfinished project without its principal star.

For now, production as been halted following the tragic news (the film was already on hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend), but sources told The Hollywood Reporter the project won’t be deserted.

Sunday, the day after the accident, Paul, along with the rest of the cast and crew of the picture, were set to reconvene in Atlanta to finish shooting the blockbuster. Those same insiders close to the production said that the bulk of the film has already been shot, though there were some big final scenes scheduled in Abu Dhabi for the cast (including Paul) to film.

A spokesperson for the studio issued their support and sadness on behalf of Universal on Saturday evening: “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”

The film is set to hit multiplexes on July 11th, but Universal declined to comment on whether or not that date would be changed, along with the general outlook of the film.

A producer of the film, Neal Moritz, echoed those sentiments to TMZ saying the cast needed time to mourn their co-star and friend’s passing—“We’re just going to grieve right now, we’ll deal with all that later”—before even deciding how to proceed.