After the tragic death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, many have been concerned for the future of the film.
Initially, the film was on hiatus until yesterday. Then Universal released a statement officially declaring the film shut down, until further notice. The notion of completely starting the film over again has been a rumor, but completely unsubstantiated.
Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.
In other Fast and Furious news, Universal has said that a portion of the DVD proceeds of Furious 6 will go to Paul Walker’s charity Reach Out World Wide.
As far as possible solutions go for the immediate problem of how to fix/solve/reshoot Fast 7, a source at Universal has said that they may be restarting the film with a completely different script. The idea of using Tron Legacy-esque visual effect to super impose Walker’s face onto another actor’s body had also been brought up, but doesn’t seem like a likely alternative.
Only time will tell what will happen to the film. Everyone is hoping for the best possible outcome.