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Production on Fast & Furious 7 could be scrapped then restarted

12.03.2013

Soon after the passing of Paul Walker, the team behind FAST & FURIOUS 7 have been in major discussions on the fate of the film. While it was announced that production on the film would continue, there was still no word on how such a tragic event would factor in to the plot.

Currently, Universal along with the producers and director James Wan are discussing the many options and trying to decide what the best route is to take. One of the options is to completely start over. This would not be an issue as the studio is insured for unexpected losses. One insider said they were considering leaving out Walker's character, Brian O'Conner but another insider said this was not an option.

It's being said that a decision is still several weeks away as the team wants to get the movie right and not rush into it. Insiders are saying that they want to preserve the integrity of the franchise but don't want to force anything. However, they are also saying that it's hard to envision not revolving the story around O'Conner. That said, they don't seem to keen on using any CGI effects to insert Walker into the movie. Another reason the decision is so difficult has to do with the amount of people involved on the production. From the looks of it, it's likely that the studio will start from scratch.

On another note, the studio has announced that they will be donating a portion of the DVD & Blu-Ray sales from FAST & FURIOUS 6 to Walker's charity "Reach Out Worldwide". The charity consists of "a network of professionals with first responder skill-sets who augment local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts." The actor created the charity after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. FAST & FURIOUS 6 releases on DVD & Blu-Ray on December 10, 2013.

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1:11PM on 12/04/2013
Should have had Kanye and the Kardashians in the backseat then.
Should have had Kanye and the Kardashians in the backseat then.
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12:48PM on 12/04/2013
No matter how you slice it, it's just a fuckin' shame. They can't just blatantly ignore the fact that his character was a major part of the ENTIRE SERIES up to this point. The Joker was in 1 movie. Brain O'Connor has appeared in 5 out of 6 films.

R.I.P Paul Walker... Fast & Furious will never be the same again.
No matter how you slice it, it's just a fuckin' shame. They can't just blatantly ignore the fact that his character was a major part of the ENTIRE SERIES up to this point. The Joker was in 1 movie. Brain O'Connor has appeared in 5 out of 6 films.

R.I.P Paul Walker... Fast & Furious will never be the same again.
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11:07AM on 12/04/2013
Use what footage you can, get a body double for the scene where Statham kills him, re-shoot and rewrite what you need. Its kind of a effed up thing to do but how do you explain away a movie without him?
Use what footage you can, get a body double for the scene where Statham kills him, re-shoot and rewrite what you need. Its kind of a effed up thing to do but how do you explain away a movie without him?
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10:26AM on 12/04/2013
Or, continue the character with a new actor. I do not think it is disrespectful to Walker, and it doesn't unnecessarily kill off one of the main characters of the entire franchise.
Or, continue the character with a new actor. I do not think it is disrespectful to Walker, and it doesn't unnecessarily kill off one of the main characters of the entire franchise.
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9:31AM on 12/04/2013
i read that apparently Hobbs might end up badly hurt and in hospital near the start, maybe there's a way to change it so its Brian it happens to so it puts him out of action, would be a shame to kill off his character
i read that apparently Hobbs might end up badly hurt and in hospital near the start, maybe there's a way to change it so its Brian it happens to so it puts him out of action, would be a shame to kill off his character
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8:05AM on 12/04/2013
I think it would be classless and way to soon to kill his character off on screen. Just throw in a situation where he has to go into hiding or something. I think they should push the movie at least a year.
I think it would be classless and way to soon to kill his character off on screen. Just throw in a situation where he has to go into hiding or something. I think they should push the movie at least a year.
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5:59AM on 12/04/2013
At least it sounds like they're giving this the kind of serious consideration that doesn't sound like its being looked at from a money point of view. I guess replacing the actor is an insensitive option...but it's happened before on many occasions. I liked Walker's character from the get go...and heck I never got over Andy Whitfield's top notch portrayal of Spartacus...and consequently never really took to Liam McIntyre's portrayal, though it was fine - just he wasn't the first and the reason
At least it sounds like they're giving this the kind of serious consideration that doesn't sound like its being looked at from a money point of view. I guess replacing the actor is an insensitive option...but it's happened before on many occasions. I liked Walker's character from the get go...and heck I never got over Andy Whitfield's top notch portrayal of Spartacus...and consequently never really took to Liam McIntyre's portrayal, though it was fine - just he wasn't the first and the reason behind why I liked the character so much - so appreciate the problems that could come with doing this. I really do enjoy the F&F movies and whilst I totally understand the sensitivity over the matter, I hope that they don't just skip over the character of O'Conner by saying he’s gone in to hiding. To make such a thing work, Jordana Brewster would need to be written out too – she’s not my favourite part of the series by any stretch of the imagination but I do like the “family” and continuity aspects of this series and also it would seem very unfair on her from a personal point of view, no? It might just come down to saying O’Conner was killed, off screen…insensitive as that seems – there’s really no good way to do this.
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5:28AM on 12/04/2013
No one sees the obvious choice, Statham kills him. Stays within the plot and moves the movie forward. I mean there is no good way out of this anyway but the plot of the movie is already headed in killing off main characters anyway.
No one sees the obvious choice, Statham kills him. Stays within the plot and moves the movie forward. I mean there is no good way out of this anyway but the plot of the movie is already headed in killing off main characters anyway.
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1:37AM on 12/04/2013

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have jordana brewster cut too, and vin diesel mentions how they took their loot and are gone, no way to contact them, they're living happy on vacation, in a better place.. then plot action/cheese continues
have jordana brewster cut too, and vin diesel mentions how they took their loot and are gone, no way to contact them, they're living happy on vacation, in a better place.. then plot action/cheese continues
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1:32AM on 12/04/2013

Do it like Heath Ledger

If you can use the footage of Walker in a tasteful manner do so.

However the best way would be to do a TDKR, respect Paul's past work in the film, don't have him just "die off" in the movie, allow him to still live in them a la the joker, and just don't mention him, ie what happened to the joker in TDKR.
If you can use the footage of Walker in a tasteful manner do so.

However the best way would be to do a TDKR, respect Paul's past work in the film, don't have him just "die off" in the movie, allow him to still live in them a la the joker, and just don't mention him, ie what happened to the joker in TDKR.
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12:39AM on 12/04/2013
Awesome ab the charity. These films can continue without Walker (and as much as he loved cars, I'm sure he'd absolutely want the series to continue with its' core family and continue being entertaining. I mean seriously, I don't know where he is, but if it's possible, I'm sure he'd be devastated to learn that the series stopped bc of his death). And I think it could go on without him. I DEF ABSOLUTELY THINK THEY SHOULD NOT JUST LEAVE HIM OUT. Do whatever tricks you have to do with all the
Awesome ab the charity. These films can continue without Walker (and as much as he loved cars, I'm sure he'd absolutely want the series to continue with its' core family and continue being entertaining. I mean seriously, I don't know where he is, but if it's possible, I'm sure he'd be devastated to learn that the series stopped bc of his death). And I think it could go on without him. I DEF ABSOLUTELY THINK THEY SHOULD NOT JUST LEAVE HIM OUT. Do whatever tricks you have to do with all the footage you have and the technology to either send him and his family off safe bc this mission is too dangerous, or kill him (and his family?), making, at least this chapter, a very dark revenge movie. And that's be okay with such a huge star as the bad guy. But if he dies, well really either way, have it involve the rock, where maybe someone the rock loves gets killed too. And so he steps up with a Vin to be the main two guys for at least the next few movies. A revenge movie with the rock and vin on the same side? And all the other guys as well. And maybe a couple other big name actors will join the film on the cheap in honor of his death to be villains with Statham. Maybe have somebody like a Mark Wahlberg (that's literally the first name the came out of my head, but any popular action star) be Statham's number one guy, and the guy who takes out Brian and somebody the rock loves (or the rock almost dies or he feels guilty bc he told Brian to meet him at the spot where it happened - any motivation like that for his character), and therefore Markie Mark would be going up against the Rock, and Statham vs Vin. And maybe we/they eventually find out Statham and his dead brother are really working for their dad (and maybe there's more brothers), and his dad could be De Niro, Stallone, Arnold, even Kurt Russell. Any of those guys. I also hope justin Lin is helping consult. I already thought this film was gonna be bad (and it made me mad) bc they switched directors who has never done big action sets AND they were pushing it so it'd come out a year later. That's waaaaay to fast for a director that's new to the franchise and new to $100 mil plus budgets. It'd be hard for Lin. I just felt like it was gonna be an X3 thing again. Walker's death is a tragedy, but I hope that they don't stop making this or these movies, and I hope they sit down and really out some time into this film. These can still work without him, but don't just leave him out. Use his death as motivation. The rock and Vin already have pretty good solo revenge movies. And add them together. It's just the franchise evolving again, except now from a heist movie with cars, to a revenge movie with cars.
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12:54AM on 12/04/2013
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12:55AM on 12/04/2013
That was one way too long paragraph.
That was one way too long paragraph.
12:59AM on 12/04/2013
Agreed (with the_soloist)...those sentiments could have been condensed into a handful of sentences honestly.
Agreed (with the_soloist)...those sentiments could have been condensed into a handful of sentences honestly.
12:26AM on 12/04/2013
That's a terrible idea and honestly sounds like spitting on Paul Walker's memory. Im sure they can at least use a few scenes with him in it. Clearly his character will have to have a death that is revealed without being shown (this could be done a number of ways). Just don't dishonor him by eliminating him from it. It'll be interesting to see how this turns out.
That's a terrible idea and honestly sounds like spitting on Paul Walker's memory. Im sure they can at least use a few scenes with him in it. Clearly his character will have to have a death that is revealed without being shown (this could be done a number of ways). Just don't dishonor him by eliminating him from it. It'll be interesting to see how this turns out.
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11:12PM on 12/03/2013

Honor the man's legacy.

They should absolutely take a hiatus and figure out the best option to proceed, however I don't think they should jettison any remaining footage that Paul Walker shot. It's his last film, and even though incomplete, I feel like it would be disrespectful to leave it all on the cutting room floor. The brave thing to do would be to tackle this horrible event head on, and honor Walker's legacy and what he brought to the franchise since the beginning. Having said that, I agree it would work well to
They should absolutely take a hiatus and figure out the best option to proceed, however I don't think they should jettison any remaining footage that Paul Walker shot. It's his last film, and even though incomplete, I feel like it would be disrespectful to leave it all on the cutting room floor. The brave thing to do would be to tackle this horrible event head on, and honor Walker's legacy and what he brought to the franchise since the beginning. Having said that, I agree it would work well to say he has to stay out of the danger to keep his family safe, and they could give the majority of the role he played to another cast member, like Lucas Black from "Tokyo Drift".
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11:03PM on 12/03/2013
I thought the movie was finished and now in Post Production stage. Just hear me out a bit: it'd be weird just to leave Brian O'Conner out altogether. After Han's death, Jason Statham's character comes after Brian and Mia and Brian sacrificed his life to save Mia and their son. Such scene doesn't need to be filmed but just incorporated into the script and has Mia mentions this. This would drive Dominic mad and pissed off and now he's about to come after Jason Statham's character. Just a thought.
I thought the movie was finished and now in Post Production stage. Just hear me out a bit: it'd be weird just to leave Brian O'Conner out altogether. After Han's death, Jason Statham's character comes after Brian and Mia and Brian sacrificed his life to save Mia and their son. Such scene doesn't need to be filmed but just incorporated into the script and has Mia mentions this. This would drive Dominic mad and pissed off and now he's about to come after Jason Statham's character. Just a thought.
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12:09PM on 12/04/2013
the most basic element of film making is that you show, don't tell. if Brian sacrifices his life for Mia and the boy you absolutely have to show it; telling it is bad story telling and film making.
the most basic element of film making is that you show, don't tell. if Brian sacrifices his life for Mia and the boy you absolutely have to show it; telling it is bad story telling and film making.
10:45PM on 12/03/2013
I think it will be very hard to enjoy the franchise as before knowing the tragic loss that has happened and that Walker will no longer be a part of the series. Fellow schmoe schaefdizzle noted that it's very important to handle the Brian O'Conner character with care, and I do like his suggestion that in order to keep Brian, Mia and the baby safe from Ian Shaw, they are put on a plane to go somewhere quiet where they won't be in danger and it will also provide the opportunity for a tearful
I think it will be very hard to enjoy the franchise as before knowing the tragic loss that has happened and that Walker will no longer be a part of the series. Fellow schmoe schaefdizzle noted that it's very important to handle the Brian O'Conner character with care, and I do like his suggestion that in order to keep Brian, Mia and the baby safe from Ian Shaw, they are put on a plane to go somewhere quiet where they won't be in danger and it will also provide the opportunity for a tearful goodbye to the character.
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10:32PM on 12/03/2013
I do hope they involve his character somewhat in this film since he was a HUGE vital part of the franchise and one of the many reasons of the franchise's success. Too not include his character at all would be terrible.

Still a terrible tragedy.
I do hope they involve his character somewhat in this film since he was a HUGE vital part of the franchise and one of the many reasons of the franchise's success. Too not include his character at all would be terrible.

Still a terrible tragedy.
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5:30AM on 12/04/2013
Who actually gives a fuck! It's Paul walker in fast and furious, the guy was a shit actor in a shit franchise!
Who actually gives a fuck! It's Paul walker in fast and furious, the guy was a shit actor in a shit franchise!
10:20AM on 12/04/2013
Wow, booster. I bet you feel like a badass after posting something so bold and insightful.
Wow, booster. I bet you feel like a badass after posting something so bold and insightful.
11:12AM on 12/04/2013
Exactly Tbyrd3753
Exactly Tbyrd3753
12:51PM on 12/04/2013
I feel like the big boy round here
I feel like the big boy round here
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10:14PM on 12/03/2013
I'm a big fan of the series (F&F 6 is my favorite summer blockbuster of the year), and I admit it's sad to think that Walker will no longer be a part of these films. I'm glad to hear that Universal is thinking about the most respectful way to continue with part 7. A part of me wishes he could still be a part of the film, but perhaps it is best to start over. Maybe since Walker's character has a family now, they can just say he has to protect them now and can't join the rest of the crew on
I'm a big fan of the series (F&F 6 is my favorite summer blockbuster of the year), and I admit it's sad to think that Walker will no longer be a part of these films. I'm glad to hear that Universal is thinking about the most respectful way to continue with part 7. A part of me wishes he could still be a part of the film, but perhaps it is best to start over. Maybe since Walker's character has a family now, they can just say he has to protect them now and can't join the rest of the crew on another mission.
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