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Universal officially shuts down Fast and Furious 7 indefinitely

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In the only move possible after the tragic death of Paul Walker, Universal has indefinitely shut down production on FAST AND FURIOUS 7. While not supporting the rumors that they are scrapping the film and starting over, the studio is not rushing anything out of respect to Walker's family and the legacy of the franchise.

With production slated to start again in Abu Dhabi a few days ago with Paul Walker, the studio recognized that FAST AND FURIOUS 7 could not easily work around losing one of the main characters in the film. Universal issued the following statement about the decision.

Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Pauls 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.

Many of you have made comments that the Brian O'Connor character should not be killed off but rather written out of the story. Suggestions include having Walker and Jordana Brewster's characters sent into hiding to keep them safe from upcoming events. There does not seem to be any way of continuing the storylines started in FAST AND FURIOUS 6 without addressing the absence of Walker. But, it also seems in poor taste to kill him off.

There may be no easy decision here and it doesn't sound like ending the franchise is a financial option for the studio. Most fans would understand if Paul Walker's death effectively ends the FAST AND FURIOUS series even at the cost of never seeing the seventh film completed. It does seem obvious that the July 11, 2014 release date is now an impossibility, but once a decision is made on how the studio will proceed, we will let you know.

Source: Deadline

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8:06PM on 12/05/2013
Would it be in poor taste to give his character a heroic death?
Would it be in poor taste to give his character a heroic death?
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3:24AM on 12/06/2013
How would you see him die in the movie? Car wreck? I can't see that being very heroic given the circumstances..
How would you see him die in the movie? Car wreck? I can't see that being very heroic given the circumstances..
8:15AM on 12/08/2013
How about death through self-sacrifice?
How about death through self-sacrifice?
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5:31PM on 12/05/2013

I hope the franchise still continues.

I'm glad they are taking time to figure out what to do with the film instead of still pushing forward with it. I have no idea what they will decide to do, but hopefully their decision is justified. I'm glad the cast all get to have time to breath too. I heard most of them were pretty close with Paul Walker; I would hate to see them being forced to finish the movie at this time.
I'm glad they are taking time to figure out what to do with the film instead of still pushing forward with it. I have no idea what they will decide to do, but hopefully their decision is justified. I'm glad the cast all get to have time to breath too. I heard most of them were pretty close with Paul Walker; I would hate to see them being forced to finish the movie at this time.
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9:14AM on 12/05/2013

Keep it going somehow

Nobody complained when The Crow continued following Brandon Lee's death. Hell, even Glee killed off Corey Monteith's character and there didn't seem to be the same amount of debate that's going on here. I didn't know Paul Walker but the feeling I get is that he would want the franchise to continue and I don't see why they couldn't kill off his character in the movie and make it central to the plot without people getting worked up about it. At the end of the day, the family's wishes are
Nobody complained when The Crow continued following Brandon Lee's death. Hell, even Glee killed off Corey Monteith's character and there didn't seem to be the same amount of debate that's going on here. I didn't know Paul Walker but the feeling I get is that he would want the franchise to continue and I don't see why they couldn't kill off his character in the movie and make it central to the plot without people getting worked up about it. At the end of the day, the family's wishes are paramount.
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9:13AM on 12/05/2013
I understand the decision...but as I posted on another story...I also understand that pretty much any option raises accusations of being insensitive to a very tragic situation....but I don't understand why production has to stop indefinitely. I understand the delay this will cause...and even understand they stop for a while out of respect for the death of someone that was pretty much central to the production....but to stop it indefinitely? I know, I know, replacing the actor might make me
I understand the decision...but as I posted on another story...I also understand that pretty much any option raises accusations of being insensitive to a very tragic situation....but I don't understand why production has to stop indefinitely. I understand the delay this will cause...and even understand they stop for a while out of respect for the death of someone that was pretty much central to the production....but to stop it indefinitely? I know, I know, replacing the actor might make me sound like a jerk or something but I want F&F to continue, I also want the character (played so well by Walker) to continue. Without meaning to be insensitive to the circumstances to hand, after a temporary rest bite out of respect to Walker and his family, I would go with a new actor - the show must go on, as they say.
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7:35AM on 12/05/2013
I think this was the right movie and the classy move to make. Don't try to pull a Game of Death (all the Bruce Lee fans know what I'm talking about). The best thing to do at this time, is to stop production, give respect and condolences where they are due, and as much as they won't admit it, re-write the story. It would be really morbid to 'kill' off the character so I'm thinking, they might decide to go with a story, where Brian leaves the life behind to raise his son in peace and safety. Once
I think this was the right movie and the classy move to make. Don't try to pull a Game of Death (all the Bruce Lee fans know what I'm talking about). The best thing to do at this time, is to stop production, give respect and condolences where they are due, and as much as they won't admit it, re-write the story. It would be really morbid to 'kill' off the character so I'm thinking, they might decide to go with a story, where Brian leaves the life behind to raise his son in peace and safety. Once again, Rest in Peace Paul, you will truly be missed.
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6:26AM on 12/05/2013

Tell Statham's and Evans origins in fast 7.

How about they do 7 by telling Statham and Luke's characters' side of the story and their origins.And then move on to 8 and make that a clash between Statham and Diesel's teams ,each wanting revenge.
How about they do 7 by telling Statham and Luke's characters' side of the story and their origins.And then move on to 8 and make that a clash between Statham and Diesel's teams ,each wanting revenge.
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6:47AM on 12/05/2013
I kinda like this idea...
I kinda like this idea...
1:03AM on 12/05/2013

Welp

At least they are not killing him off in a car accident cus that would be so fucked up. So say he had to go on vac-k somewhere or he quick thats all. They can easily make the film live on with out paul and paul would want it to move on.
At least they are not killing him off in a car accident cus that would be so fucked up. So say he had to go on vac-k somewhere or he quick thats all. They can easily make the film live on with out paul and paul would want it to move on.
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12:35AM on 12/05/2013

Good idea Universal

Glad to hear they are being respectful and taking some time off to make the best decision for the franchise.
If it was me in charge - I'd hesitate to leave his footage on the cutting room floor and redo the whole thing. Instead - I'd complete his missing moments with a body double, a voice actor and CGI replacement for the closeups. And yeah - I'd have Brian's story come to a close in the film, either in death or in retirement. But let this be the final ride for Brian, and allow Vin and the
Glad to hear they are being respectful and taking some time off to make the best decision for the franchise.
If it was me in charge - I'd hesitate to leave his footage on the cutting room floor and redo the whole thing. Instead - I'd complete his missing moments with a body double, a voice actor and CGI replacement for the closeups. And yeah - I'd have Brian's story come to a close in the film, either in death or in retirement. But let this be the final ride for Brian, and allow Vin and the others to continue onto future chapters without Brian.
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12:08AM on 12/05/2013

Universal, you've made the right choice...

However, I personally would like this to be the final installment. The reason the Fast series has worked so well is due to the chemistry between the four leads, most specifically, between Walker and Diesel. It not only gives Wan and company the opportunity to send the franchise off with an emotional and climactic bang, it'll also close the new "non-racing" centered trilogy established by Fast Five. Whatever they decide to do in the final cut, whether writing his character out or killing him
However, I personally would like this to be the final installment. The reason the Fast series has worked so well is due to the chemistry between the four leads, most specifically, between Walker and Diesel. It not only gives Wan and company the opportunity to send the franchise off with an emotional and climactic bang, it'll also close the new "non-racing" centered trilogy established by Fast Five. Whatever they decide to do in the final cut, whether writing his character out or killing him off, I'm hoping for the best Fast 7 possible. Paul loved these films, and they need to do his passion justice.
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8:18AM on 12/08/2013
Vin considers 4-6 a trilogy, not 5-7.
Vin considers 4-6 a trilogy, not 5-7.
9:29PM on 12/04/2013

Let Them Mourn, But Bring FF7 Back.

I think it's good that production has shut down, for now. These films are supposed to be fun and lighthearted, and only when morale on set is up can you get that sort of vibe from the characters. Right now the best thing to do is let the team mourn. BUT, not making FF7 would go against everything that Paul Walker stood for. He and Diesel put a LOT of time and effort into this franchise, and I bet he'd be bummed if he knew the franchise was ending on such a sour and abrupt note due to his
I think it's good that production has shut down, for now. These films are supposed to be fun and lighthearted, and only when morale on set is up can you get that sort of vibe from the characters. Right now the best thing to do is let the team mourn. BUT, not making FF7 would go against everything that Paul Walker stood for. He and Diesel put a LOT of time and effort into this franchise, and I bet he'd be bummed if he knew the franchise was ending on such a sour and abrupt note due to his passing. In honor of Paul Walker, I think they should take a break, cope well, and then come back stronger to make a film worthy of the memory of Paul Walker. Doesn't matter if they kill him off in the series. He was an actor, he'd be proud knowing he's still a central character in the series even in death. FF7, 8, 9, 10 needs to happen, and it needs to happen to ensure Mr.Walker's work meant something.
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11:58PM on 12/04/2013
I agree! No actor would want what they put so much effort into to just be scrapped. That's just a waste!
I agree! No actor would want what they put so much effort into to just be scrapped. That's just a waste!
8:27PM on 12/04/2013
His character would have to die cause disappearing/hiding is not what the character would do
His character would have to die cause disappearing/hiding is not what the character would do
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7:19PM on 12/04/2013
The biggest issue with having Brian simply disappear with his family is it is absolutely out of character for him. So first of all that will come off as a very bizarre, random copout and people would see it from miles away. While it would be much more poignant if the character were to die, given the real life circumstances, at least there would be closure and it could fuel an incredibly powerful revenge storyline. The idea of him disappearing for reasons already stated possibly could work for
The biggest issue with having Brian simply disappear with his family is it is absolutely out of character for him. So first of all that will come off as a very bizarre, random copout and people would see it from miles away. While it would be much more poignant if the character were to die, given the real life circumstances, at least there would be closure and it could fuel an incredibly powerful revenge storyline. The idea of him disappearing for reasons already stated possibly could work for one film but even then, again it's too much of a copout, but what about the future of the franchise? So really comes down to either a cheap, out of character maneuver which would also result in the loss of another major character because she would be going with him or if it was revealed at the start of the film she may not be in it at all...or Brian dies.
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8:15PM on 12/05/2013
It's not so much about killing Brian. It's about how he goes out. A heroic sacrifice, however they can film such a thing, would be of best use. I think it's a little cruel for Statham to kill Brian the way he killed Han. A heroic sacrifice would give Brian an honorable departure, leave a lasting legacy for the remaining characters and potential future films, and cement him as the father that his never was, the father so devoted to the family he loves that he would die to protect it.
It's not so much about killing Brian. It's about how he goes out. A heroic sacrifice, however they can film such a thing, would be of best use. I think it's a little cruel for Statham to kill Brian the way he killed Han. A heroic sacrifice would give Brian an honorable departure, leave a lasting legacy for the remaining characters and potential future films, and cement him as the father that his never was, the father so devoted to the family he loves that he would die to protect it.
11:19PM on 12/05/2013
I would agree. Very well said.
I would agree. Very well said.
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7:06PM on 12/04/2013

bring back...

why not bring back han. :)
why not bring back han. :)
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6:23AM on 12/05/2013
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
6:23AM on 12/05/2013
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
6:23AM on 12/05/2013
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
6:23AM on 12/05/2013
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
6:23AM on 12/05/2013
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
6:23AM on 12/05/2013
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
6:24AM on 12/05/2013
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
I love the idea..but how? They can't just pull of the mission impossible mask thingy...or can they!? oO[
6:41PM on 12/04/2013
I think it's for the best. I really want to see the film and there seems to be a lot to look forward to, from Jason Statham as the villain and the likes of Tony Jaa and Michael Jai White as henchmen to the addition of Kurt Russell to the cast to seeing what James Wan will do with an action flick. However, the series is intended as fun, enjoyable summer blockbuster fare, and it definitely will be very difficult to derive the same level of entertainment from the films after Paul Walker's death.
I think it's for the best. I really want to see the film and there seems to be a lot to look forward to, from Jason Statham as the villain and the likes of Tony Jaa and Michael Jai White as henchmen to the addition of Kurt Russell to the cast to seeing what James Wan will do with an action flick. However, the series is intended as fun, enjoyable summer blockbuster fare, and it definitely will be very difficult to derive the same level of entertainment from the films after Paul Walker's death.
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8:09PM on 12/05/2013
Michael Jai White is not in this. He was just visiting Tony Jaa in Atlanta.
Michael Jai White is not in this. He was just visiting Tony Jaa in Atlanta.
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6:30PM on 12/04/2013
Maybe the best thing to do is to have Brian, Mia and their son live happily somewhere else.
Maybe the best thing to do is to have Brian, Mia and their son live happily somewhere else.
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6:17PM on 12/04/2013
Ya know I think it's pretty lame they're shutting it down. I have nothing but respect for Paul Walker. If I'm not mistaken he was quoted in an article "if speed kills me don't be sad, cuz I'm smiling." I don't know Paul walker from Adam, but I know what he was into, and have a pretty good idea of his life style based on interviews, articles etc. I honestly think he would want the show to go on! I don't think he or any of his friends or family would take it as an insult, if his character was
Ya know I think it's pretty lame they're shutting it down. I have nothing but respect for Paul Walker. If I'm not mistaken he was quoted in an article "if speed kills me don't be sad, cuz I'm smiling." I don't know Paul walker from Adam, but I know what he was into, and have a pretty good idea of his life style based on interviews, articles etc. I honestly think he would want the show to go on! I don't think he or any of his friends or family would take it as an insult, if his character was killed off of a franchise that he helped build, and more than likely set him & his family up for life! Now I respect all of you're opinions and I completely understand if they decide to scrap F&F7... But they really shouldn't! Idk how much footage they have but I'm sure it's more than enough to work with and do something tasteful so we can all say goodbye to Brian O'connor 1 last time. He deserves it.
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8:01PM on 12/04/2013
Well said and I agree. From what I saw in interviews and read in magazines, he was a car enthusiast and loved making the F&F films. These are 2 things in his life that he seemed to love and I think it would be more disrespectful to scrap the film or ignore what he had done on this film and start over, writing Brian completely out of the story.
Well said and I agree. From what I saw in interviews and read in magazines, he was a car enthusiast and loved making the F&F films. These are 2 things in his life that he seemed to love and I think it would be more disrespectful to scrap the film or ignore what he had done on this film and start over, writing Brian completely out of the story.
5:52PM on 12/04/2013
Just end the series. Some of the comments here are classless and downright disrespectful. A person died, there's many other movies to be made and stories to be told.
Just end the series. Some of the comments here are classless and downright disrespectful. A person died, there's many other movies to be made and stories to be told.
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5:26PM on 12/04/2013

How about this?

Why not just open up 7 with Jason Statham having already killed Han & Brian? I mean if the movie is Jason hunting them down...just have two already checked off his list.
Why not just open up 7 with Jason Statham having already killed Han & Brian? I mean if the movie is Jason hunting them down...just have two already checked off his list.
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7:28PM on 12/04/2013
My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
4:51PM on 12/04/2013
All I'm saying is, if Paul Walker didn't return due to a contract dispute, would everyone be so up in arms to write his character off? Most people would be like, "Fuck him, cast someone else." This series is solid and oddly getting better with each movie.They should not compromise the story or story line. If Ian McKellen accidentally got sawed in half at a magic show and died, would they just write Gandolf off or recast?
All I'm saying is, if Paul Walker didn't return due to a contract dispute, would everyone be so up in arms to write his character off? Most people would be like, "Fuck him, cast someone else." This series is solid and oddly getting better with each movie.They should not compromise the story or story line. If Ian McKellen accidentally got sawed in half at a magic show and died, would they just write Gandolf off or recast?
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5:47PM on 12/04/2013
You obviously have zero class!
You obviously have zero class!
6:00PM on 12/04/2013
and no value of life.
and no value of life.
7:09PM on 12/04/2013
And the IQ of a carrot.
And the IQ of a carrot.
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4:40PM on 12/04/2013
Probably the best decision for now. I'm sure everyone on production needs time to mourn and the studio needs time to figure out what to do. I have no problem with them continuing the franchise, considering 5 and 6 were so entertaining. And as much as Walker might be a decent actor, he was probably one of the weakest elements of the franchise. They could create a legitimate reason for his absence. The franchise has really become about Vin anyway.
Probably the best decision for now. I'm sure everyone on production needs time to mourn and the studio needs time to figure out what to do. I have no problem with them continuing the franchise, considering 5 and 6 were so entertaining. And as much as Walker might be a decent actor, he was probably one of the weakest elements of the franchise. They could create a legitimate reason for his absence. The franchise has really become about Vin anyway.
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4:30PM on 12/04/2013

End it.

Six is enough, but I know Hollywood wouldn't do it for the sake of $$$.
Six is enough, but I know Hollywood wouldn't do it for the sake of $$$.
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4:24PM on 12/04/2013
I respect what they're doing here, but the whole O'Connor in hiding situation would suffice. Simple explanation.
I respect what they're doing here, but the whole O'Connor in hiding situation would suffice. Simple explanation.
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4:23PM on 12/04/2013

They should

Incorporate the tragic events into the story line. Paul's character should jump into a friends car, where they drive too fast, too furious and Tokyo Drift right into a pole. Cinema Gold.
Incorporate the tragic events into the story line. Paul's character should jump into a friends car, where they drive too fast, too furious and Tokyo Drift right into a pole. Cinema Gold.
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8:08PM on 12/04/2013
Haha.
#toofasttoosoon
Haha.
#toofasttoosoon
4:13PM on 12/04/2013

Let it go.

I think in honour of Paul it should just be left. I think its a shame that people see Vin as more of the draw to the films as Paul was the main character in the first one and was the reason I picked up the series again after tokyo drift. I think the relationship that has built up over the films between the characters is what keeps people going, and without Paul I just cant see it happening. Plus just out of sign of respect I think the studio should stop thinking about the money it could pull
I think in honour of Paul it should just be left. I think its a shame that people see Vin as more of the draw to the films as Paul was the main character in the first one and was the reason I picked up the series again after tokyo drift. I think the relationship that has built up over the films between the characters is what keeps people going, and without Paul I just cant see it happening. Plus just out of sign of respect I think the studio should stop thinking about the money it could pull in and let it go.
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4:30PM on 12/04/2013
I can see your point, but wouldn't the studio be honoring Walker if they made the film? This franchise was his life's work... he was shooting his sixth F&F film. Although there is always money-driven thinking in Hollywood, even at unfortunate times like this, I can't help but think Walker would want to see this franchise continue himself. Of course, we can't say for sure.

Should they have pulled the plug on The Dark Knight and not released it after Ledger's death? This is a slightly different
I can see your point, but wouldn't the studio be honoring Walker if they made the film? This franchise was his life's work... he was shooting his sixth F&F film. Although there is always money-driven thinking in Hollywood, even at unfortunate times like this, I can't help but think Walker would want to see this franchise continue himself. Of course, we can't say for sure.

Should they have pulled the plug on The Dark Knight and not released it after Ledger's death? This is a slightly different scenario, as that film had finished shooting at that time. I for one do hope they use some some of the footage they already shot with Walker for the new one.
5:58PM on 12/04/2013
Yeh I suppose it would depend on the family I guess. Its a difficult one. I suppose if some money from the film went to the charity he set up? But I would hate for his character just to be written out.
And I suppose one of my favourite films was the Crow which still had to have some shots put in after Lees death. So yeh Gyro I see your point :)
Yeh I suppose it would depend on the family I guess. Its a difficult one. I suppose if some money from the film went to the charity he set up? But I would hate for his character just to be written out.
And I suppose one of my favourite films was the Crow which still had to have some shots put in after Lees death. So yeh Gyro I see your point :)
6:10PM on 12/04/2013
Having a percentage of box office revenue from the movie go to Walker's Reach Out charity, or something like that, would be a wonderful idea. I cannot see the franchise just carrying on and writing out Walker's character entirely. I hope they can devise an idea like having his character, along with Jordanna Brewster and their child, escape somewhere exotic to retire and live a happy life in the sun, and somehow use some of the footage they already shot.
Having a percentage of box office revenue from the movie go to Walker's Reach Out charity, or something like that, would be a wonderful idea. I cannot see the franchise just carrying on and writing out Walker's character entirely. I hope they can devise an idea like having his character, along with Jordanna Brewster and their child, escape somewhere exotic to retire and live a happy life in the sun, and somehow use some of the footage they already shot.
9:43AM on 12/05/2013
Yeh that would be good and a fitting tribute.
Yeh that would be good and a fitting tribute.
3:57PM on 12/04/2013
This is a massive ensemble cast, and even though Paul Walker was perfect for this series, it will still be a huge draw. Uncool as it is, they need to recast. There is already a larger story arc that they are working with and shouldn't compromise what they are working towards due to the tragic events that have unfolded. Terrance Howard was replaced in the Ironman series and while not as major of a character, still that went without a hitch. To maintain the integrity of a series larger than
This is a massive ensemble cast, and even though Paul Walker was perfect for this series, it will still be a huge draw. Uncool as it is, they need to recast. There is already a larger story arc that they are working with and shouldn't compromise what they are working towards due to the tragic events that have unfolded. Terrance Howard was replaced in the Ironman series and while not as major of a character, still that went without a hitch. To maintain the integrity of a series larger than any one person, I think they have to recast the roll of Brian O'Connor. Characters get recast all of the time for one reason or another, this should not be that big of a deal in my opinion.
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3:43PM on 12/04/2013
I'm happy that are acknowledging Paul's death and giving his family the respect they deserve. They don't need to kill of Brian because that's just tasteless. How would he have died....a car accident? He needs to be written off and with the way Fast 6 ended that can easily be accomplished. It is truly a sad state of affairs and will re-watch my favorite Paul Walker movies (Varsity Blues, Joy Ride and Running Scared) over and over again in due time.
I'm happy that are acknowledging Paul's death and giving his family the respect they deserve. They don't need to kill of Brian because that's just tasteless. How would he have died....a car accident? He needs to be written off and with the way Fast 6 ended that can easily be accomplished. It is truly a sad state of affairs and will re-watch my favorite Paul Walker movies (Varsity Blues, Joy Ride and Running Scared) over and over again in due time.
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3:32PM on 12/04/2013

So Sad.

Still cannot believe this. Unfortunately, the only option, if they continue the franchise, is to kill off the character. Going into hiding will downplay the whole "Family" theme in ALL of the films and would be out of character for Brian O'Connor. Simply going into Hiding and never showing up in any other of the sequels just wouldn't make sense. BUT I may be wrong on my opinion for I cannot image what everyone is going through. All I can say is that it would be a great loss if they just
Still cannot believe this. Unfortunately, the only option, if they continue the franchise, is to kill off the character. Going into hiding will downplay the whole "Family" theme in ALL of the films and would be out of character for Brian O'Connor. Simply going into Hiding and never showing up in any other of the sequels just wouldn't make sense. BUT I may be wrong on my opinion for I cannot image what everyone is going through. All I can say is that it would be a great loss if they just scrapped the footage of his Last film.

Rest in Piece Paul.
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3:22PM on 12/04/2013
Paul Walker was the fast and the furious.
im sad.
Paul Walker was the fast and the furious.
im sad.
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3:05PM on 12/04/2013
I don't see much of an issue to put him into hiding, or just simply say he's "sitting this one out". Statham's character is the most dangerous they've ever faced, especially if he's going after the individual team members. I'd think Toretto would even insist on it, for fear that that baby would have to grow up without both it's parents if something were to happen. It's quite logical. James Wan is a smart guy, and I'm sure he could utilize the footage they shot with Walker involved to give him
I don't see much of an issue to put him into hiding, or just simply say he's "sitting this one out". Statham's character is the most dangerous they've ever faced, especially if he's going after the individual team members. I'd think Toretto would even insist on it, for fear that that baby would have to grow up without both it's parents if something were to happen. It's quite logical. James Wan is a smart guy, and I'm sure he could utilize the footage they shot with Walker involved to give him some kind of truncated role in the story, even if just for an action sequence.
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2:55PM on 12/04/2013

Write him out, not kill him off...

I would rather see Brian and Mia put into hiding with their kiddo rather than the character be killed off, then it's more so Vin Diesel's grudge match against Jason Statham since he and Han were close longer than Brian and Han were. As sad as it is about Paul Walker's death I don't want to see it kill the franchise as it just keeps getting better and better and building more momentum. I know they can work around it.
I would rather see Brian and Mia put into hiding with their kiddo rather than the character be killed off, then it's more so Vin Diesel's grudge match against Jason Statham since he and Han were close longer than Brian and Han were. As sad as it is about Paul Walker's death I don't want to see it kill the franchise as it just keeps getting better and better and building more momentum. I know they can work around it.
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2:49PM on 12/04/2013

Why?

Why is it in poor taste to kill the character off? It's incredibly cheesy to suddenly say, "Oh, his family is now too important to him" and just write him out, leaving his final film work on the cutting room floor. You make his death the emotional centerpiece of the story and celebrate his contributions, giving his friends (both in real life and on film) the chance to show their real emotion.

It's fine to push it back a year so this doesn't seem like them trying to capitalize on the
Why is it in poor taste to kill the character off? It's incredibly cheesy to suddenly say, "Oh, his family is now too important to him" and just write him out, leaving his final film work on the cutting room floor. You make his death the emotional centerpiece of the story and celebrate his contributions, giving his friends (both in real life and on film) the chance to show their real emotion.

It's fine to push it back a year so this doesn't seem like them trying to capitalize on the tragedy, but it's ridiculous to say they shouldn't have his character die because he died. TV and the movies have done it for years. We really have to stop being so ridiculously PC about everything.
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2:42PM on 12/04/2013
Maybe its time to just end this franchise.
Maybe its time to just end this franchise.
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2:40PM on 12/04/2013
As long as they don't get a replacement actor or kill off the character, I'll be fine.
As long as they don't get a replacement actor or kill off the character, I'll be fine.
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2:36PM on 12/04/2013

here is my thought

none of us know how much was filmed and of what. But maybe you can either have a scene where he comes out of the car and its another actor (Ryan Reynolds jumps to mind) and he just assumes the role, or have Brain killed off and another actor is brought in, maybe his brother or whoever doenst matter. I think replacing him with another actor is the way to go. I know its cheesy but everyone will know what happened and it wont be corny since we all understand its a tragedy that forced the change,
none of us know how much was filmed and of what. But maybe you can either have a scene where he comes out of the car and its another actor (Ryan Reynolds jumps to mind) and he just assumes the role, or have Brain killed off and another actor is brought in, maybe his brother or whoever doenst matter. I think replacing him with another actor is the way to go. I know its cheesy but everyone will know what happened and it wont be corny since we all understand its a tragedy that forced the change, not a financial or personal feud and they could have an amazing tribute after the movie ends and before the credits role. I hope they figure this thing out as they really made a franchise out of a mole hill. damn shame
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2:35PM on 12/04/2013
A sad situation.... I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bummed out that I won't see the FnF crew duking it out against Jason Statham and Tony Jaa next year. But it's understandable.
A sad situation.... I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bummed out that I won't see the FnF crew duking it out against Jason Statham and Tony Jaa next year. But it's understandable.
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2:30PM on 12/04/2013
I would rather they just write his and Brewster's character off into hiding with their child for the sake of a happy ending for at least the two characters. I would hate to see them kill off his character.
I would rather they just write his and Brewster's character off into hiding with their child for the sake of a happy ending for at least the two characters. I would hate to see them kill off his character.
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2:37PM on 12/04/2013
but it wouldn't make sense thematically where they are a family and you never give up on family. unfortunately the only way I see to do it is to just replace him with another actor
but it wouldn't make sense thematically where they are a family and you never give up on family. unfortunately the only way I see to do it is to just replace him with another actor
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