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Writer Chris Morgan may retire Paul Walker's character in Fast & Furious 7

12.11.2013by:

Since the passing of Paul Walker, those involved in the making of FAST & FURIOUS 7 have been diligently trying to figure out how to handle the next installment in the franchise.

The task is certainly not an easy one no matter how you go about it. Even though production on the film has been postponed indefinitely, it seems that writer Chris Morgan is working on possibly "retiring" Walker's character Brian O'Conner. The hope is that they can use footage already shot to achieve this outcome. Sources say that Walker was half way through filming for his character, and the week of his death that there was still a lot left to go. If they find a way to retire the character using the footage, then the cast and few could be back at work as soon as late January. That said they are likely scrapping the release date of July 11th.

By no means is Universal going to rush any ideas though with the studio is under a tower of financial issues. Regardless, they are still remaining sensitive to the tragedy as well as to the fans and family of the actor.

The source added that there is support to complete the version of the movie that was already filmed even though it contained "several car crashes" but the question still remains: "What will drive everything is, is there an honorable and sensible way to do this?" but unfortunately "there's not really a road map" for the situation.

Source: THR

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9:20AM on 12/13/2013
"Chris Morgan is working on possibly "retiring" Walker's character Brian O'Conner. The hope is that they can use footage already shot to achieve this outcome. [...] The source added that there is support to complete the version of the movie that was already filmed even though it contained "several car crashes""

Yeah, I figured this was the way to go: Paul Walker's character gets into a car crash. It would be easy to re-edit a scene such that he gets injured in a car crash. A double can
"Chris Morgan is working on possibly "retiring" Walker's character Brian O'Conner. The hope is that they can use footage already shot to achieve this outcome. [...] The source added that there is support to complete the version of the movie that was already filmed even though it contained "several car crashes""

Yeah, I figured this was the way to go: Paul Walker's character gets into a car crash. It would be easy to re-edit a scene such that he gets injured in a car crash. A double can be used for the scene where he is rushed to the hospital. He can also appear at the end of the movie alive and recovered if they use footage they've already filmed and stick it at the end of the movie.
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11:39PM on 12/11/2013
Obviously the character will be retired, and I trust that Morgan or *somebody* will find a way to do it "right". As for the relatively few folks talking about recasting or replacing; Nope. First, recasting is just plain silly and I can't believe anybody would actually seriously think otherwise. As for replacing O'Connor, well there's just no need to. They're already bringing Lucas Black back, and I see no reason why he couldn't easily slip right into that co-lead protagonist role after Walker's
Obviously the character will be retired, and I trust that Morgan or *somebody* will find a way to do it "right". As for the relatively few folks talking about recasting or replacing; Nope. First, recasting is just plain silly and I can't believe anybody would actually seriously think otherwise. As for replacing O'Connor, well there's just no need to. They're already bringing Lucas Black back, and I see no reason why he couldn't easily slip right into that co-lead protagonist role after Walker's death is addressed in the film (either by O'Connor's death or some other reason for his exit). And even if Black's role isn't expanded to that level, there are so many people in the protag crew that there isn't a need to scramble and force somebody to fill Walker's void.

But honestly, I'd be shocked if they didn't go for the no-brainer and give Black a beefier role. Hell, I already assumed he'd get a decent sized one given where he'd fit in this revenge story.
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10:15PM on 12/11/2013

Cast & Few

But which few? Is there a list?

Yes, I had to be "that guy."
But which few? Is there a list?

Yes, I had to be "that guy."
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8:54PM on 12/11/2013
Def don't think ppl will be offended by car crashes in the film. It's a fast and furious film. But what does retire the character mean? I REALLY REALLY hope he is in the film somehow, and as I've said before, I don't think Walker would want these films to go away or get worse bc of him. With that being said, Walker's character getting killed could bring on a new character to replace his and team up with Diesel and tell more of these stories. Maybe his character has a brother? But my
Def don't think ppl will be offended by car crashes in the film. It's a fast and furious film. But what does retire the character mean? I REALLY REALLY hope he is in the film somehow, and as I've said before, I don't think Walker would want these films to go away or get worse bc of him. With that being said, Walker's character getting killed could bring on a new character to replace his and team up with Diesel and tell more of these stories. Maybe his character has a brother? But my favorite example is that the rock somehow feels guilty for his death - he asked him to meet him at the place he got killed or something like that, and he steps up as the lead with Vin and it can now turn into more of a revenge movie. And what would be really great is a Heath Ledger/Terry Gilliam situation. Obv other actors can't play Walker, but if other big name actors joined the movie on the cheap to help and give money to his family. That way you can flesh out Statham's crew. He can have a couple other brothers or just ppl in his gang (Mark Wahlberg jumps to mind but anyone would be fine), and then an older actor can come on and we find out that at the end, Statham and the guy from Fast 6 had a dad who was really in control of their biz and that can be the next movie. That could be Kurt Russell, Robert de Niro, Arnold, Stallone, you can come up with a dozen more cheaper names but great actors. Though I guess they would need to be British. I just think from a story telling aspect, Brian's death could create a lot more story and I want to see a few more of these films. I'm sure Walker wouldn't want them stopped bc of his death, and this franchise is its' studios cash cow. The death of Brian could create a lot more story telling options, and turn the movie into more of a revenge type movie. Whoever is with Brian when he gets murdered (or suppose to meet him or whatever), whether it's his long lost brother, cousin, or the rock (and I think this is the perfect opportunity for the Rock's character to get a bigger part and he's really good in this) and have the story adapt once again from racing to heist to revenge. Thoughts?
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8:56PM on 12/11/2013
But DEF don't recast or not have him in it at all. At the least have him quit to take care of his family, but that still leaves a problem that you need another character to take his presence and chemistry with Vin, and Luda and Tyrese aren't going to cut it.
But DEF don't recast or not have him in it at all. At the least have him quit to take care of his family, but that still leaves a problem that you need another character to take his presence and chemistry with Vin, and Luda and Tyrese aren't going to cut it.
8:34PM on 12/11/2013

An idea to show Paul Walker in his final film

Before I tell you my idea... I was looking at the comments below and in previous Paul Walker articles, I don't understand why those that suggested
a) he dies
b) he gets recasted

are getting so many down votes. As if having his character die is somehow disrespectful to Paul Walker and his family. Everybody dies at some point. There's not really any right or wrong here and I think everybody is thinking into this too much. It was mentioned in the article above that Universal studios is
Before I tell you my idea... I was looking at the comments below and in previous Paul Walker articles, I don't understand why those that suggested
a) he dies
b) he gets recasted

are getting so many down votes. As if having his character die is somehow disrespectful to Paul Walker and his family. Everybody dies at some point. There's not really any right or wrong here and I think everybody is thinking into this too much. It was mentioned in the article above that Universal studios is "under a tower of financial issues". Now imagine how many jobs are at stake here.

Anyway, back to what I was saying. I think it would be awesome if they decide to have Vin Diesel and Paul Walker race each other. But this time Paul Walker finally wins! It can't be that difficult to pull off with CGI and clever editing (maybe use past footage).

In terms of story, maybe he goes into hiding (from Statham) and races Vin in a post credit scene when it's all over. I don't know but this is a franchise that used amnesia to explain how Michelle Rodriguez turned bad.
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7:30PM on 12/11/2013

They need to do this....

It would be absolutely terrible to just do the movie without him and throw away his final work like garbage. Seriously, ask ANYONE what they would want if it was them, and they'd say they would want to be used as much as possible. Screw this PC nonsense.....Walker was an actor and loved this franchise. He'd want his footage to be used one last time.
It would be absolutely terrible to just do the movie without him and throw away his final work like garbage. Seriously, ask ANYONE what they would want if it was them, and they'd say they would want to be used as much as possible. Screw this PC nonsense.....Walker was an actor and loved this franchise. He'd want his footage to be used one last time.
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6:19PM on 12/11/2013
If they continue with what they have done, seek some kind of agreement with Walker's family (out of respect), have the character die in the movie (there's probably a scene already shot where Brian's involved in a situation where he could have died, e.g. an explosion. Yes, I know how insensitive this sounds. The alternative is, scrap the movie - start again - go against what we know of the character and accept that he's gone in to hiding. Also lose Brewster because why would Brian go in to
If they continue with what they have done, seek some kind of agreement with Walker's family (out of respect), have the character die in the movie (there's probably a scene already shot where Brian's involved in a situation where he could have died, e.g. an explosion. Yes, I know how insensitive this sounds. The alternative is, scrap the movie - start again - go against what we know of the character and accept that he's gone in to hiding. Also lose Brewster because why would Brian go in to hiding without her? Though I'm of the opinion that from a career perspective, that's totally unfair on the lady. Her character has been made to work in the movie though granted, she's low down on my list of favourites. Alternatively and bearing in mind that as sad as it all is...people die...and what those people do will be taken on by someone else…. when starting again....use a new actor. That’s how I would do it but then it's not my money that's already been invested in putting what's been made already together.
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5:16PM on 12/11/2013

Re-shoot

The events of the last movie were extremely dangerous. This next movie looks to be a revenge movie of sorts, brian and doms sister are now parents, they have the most to loose of anyone in the crew. Dom should explain how he told him to lay low for the sake of his sister and their child. Remember, brian found it risky to go after leti in the last movie anyway. Kurt russell can fill the gap as this new older character we've heard about.
The events of the last movie were extremely dangerous. This next movie looks to be a revenge movie of sorts, brian and doms sister are now parents, they have the most to loose of anyone in the crew. Dom should explain how he told him to lay low for the sake of his sister and their child. Remember, brian found it risky to go after leti in the last movie anyway. Kurt russell can fill the gap as this new older character we've heard about.
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3:37PM on 12/11/2013

This just in...

Justin Bieber to take a role in Fast 7, [link]
Justin Bieber to take a role in Fast 7, [link]
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3:00PM on 12/11/2013

It's the right way.

I don't want to hear about recasting or killed off. Too damn wrong and too soon.
I don't want to hear about recasting or killed off. Too damn wrong and too soon.
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2:33PM on 12/11/2013

kill

Off Brewsters character, since her character is pretty much done with out Paul Walker, have a scene where Paul is saying how he needs to get out and take care of his child now that Mia is dead. Set up a scene on a long stretch of road, have him drive off in to the sunset, and his car fades away. Sending him off, tho not killing him, and setting up Mia death as the reason for 7.
Off Brewsters character, since her character is pretty much done with out Paul Walker, have a scene where Paul is saying how he needs to get out and take care of his child now that Mia is dead. Set up a scene on a long stretch of road, have him drive off in to the sunset, and his car fades away. Sending him off, tho not killing him, and setting up Mia death as the reason for 7.
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8:18PM on 12/11/2013
And how do they shoot that scene of Brian saying those things without Paul Walker?
And how do they shoot that scene of Brian saying those things without Paul Walker?
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2:32PM on 12/11/2013

recast?

what about just recasting the character. i think that's more "respectful" to the Paul Walker and the character than killing him off or "retiring" him like he's some pussy. i mean Paul Walker did a great job, but there's tons of actors who could play Brian O'Connor. Dedicate the movie in Paul Walker's memory though.
what about just recasting the character. i think that's more "respectful" to the Paul Walker and the character than killing him off or "retiring" him like he's some pussy. i mean Paul Walker did a great job, but there's tons of actors who could play Brian O'Connor. Dedicate the movie in Paul Walker's memory though.
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2:31PM on 12/11/2013
Going into hiding would be the best choice. I hate to see that happen to the character but what are you gonna do? I mean, you can't kill him right? That would be the easiest way but I also think that would be rough since he died such a horrible death in real life. You can't scrap what they have, reshoot the movie and try and explain that Brian went into hiding. I think that would be disrespectful. I just don't know how they plan on making it seem like he just decided to go. Of course they
Going into hiding would be the best choice. I hate to see that happen to the character but what are you gonna do? I mean, you can't kill him right? That would be the easiest way but I also think that would be rough since he died such a horrible death in real life. You can't scrap what they have, reshoot the movie and try and explain that Brian went into hiding. I think that would be disrespectful. I just don't know how they plan on making it seem like he just decided to go. Of course they haven't written the script around the idea of him leaving. I just don't know how they plan on pulling this off. Such a hard decision for whoever has to make it. Personally, I think they should push the movie back a year but continue to work on it, get it done proper, and end the franchise with this film.
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2:00PM on 12/11/2013
My fiance and I have been talking and we've been thinking that the best thing to do would just be to have him written off as going into hiding with Mia and their son. We were thinking that it would highly disrespectful to kill Brian given how Paul Walker died in such a violent matter. We think the best way to show respect to Paul and to the character is to acknowledge that he is with Mia and their son and that they are a happy family.
My fiance and I have been talking and we've been thinking that the best thing to do would just be to have him written off as going into hiding with Mia and their son. We were thinking that it would highly disrespectful to kill Brian given how Paul Walker died in such a violent matter. We think the best way to show respect to Paul and to the character is to acknowledge that he is with Mia and their son and that they are a happy family.
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1:52PM on 12/11/2013
Just have Brian go into hiding with his family and let the rest of the crew deal with Statham's character. That's the only respectable way I could see the character going out.
Just have Brian go into hiding with his family and let the rest of the crew deal with Statham's character. That's the only respectable way I could see the character going out.
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12:53PM on 12/11/2013

Well obviously the character's going to be retired.

I'd be ok with them killing him off, using a double. It's a sensitive thing, sure, but there's always a clever way or a proper way to handle it.
I'd be ok with them killing him off, using a double. It's a sensitive thing, sure, but there's always a clever way or a proper way to handle it.
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5:08PM on 12/11/2013
If they go that route I would suggest that it happen off screen. I just think sending Brian and Mia into hiding with their son to keep them safe from Shaw will only work until Shaw is gone. Then how do you explain he never returns. This is just something that everyone involved needs to be very careful about and give a ton of consideration.
If they go that route I would suggest that it happen off screen. I just think sending Brian and Mia into hiding with their son to keep them safe from Shaw will only work until Shaw is gone. Then how do you explain he never returns. This is just something that everyone involved needs to be very careful about and give a ton of consideration.
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12:17PM on 12/11/2013
It's a tough call, really. Since it's half way through filming, maybe they can alter the script saying for the sake of Brian, Mia and their son, Dominic decides it would be better for them to leave. From then on, we could have Dominic and the crew vs Jason Statham's character.
It's a tough call, really. Since it's half way through filming, maybe they can alter the script saying for the sake of Brian, Mia and their son, Dominic decides it would be better for them to leave. From then on, we could have Dominic and the crew vs Jason Statham's character.
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12:03PM on 12/11/2013

Ok.....

Kill him off. Just being honest. No need to 'retire' the #2 character of the franchise. Just my opinion.
Kill him off. Just being honest. No need to 'retire' the #2 character of the franchise. Just my opinion.
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12:01PM on 12/11/2013
This certainly will be a tough one for Chris Morgan to figure out and I guess all we can ask is that Brain O'Conner be given a respectful send-off, however it is eventually achieved. I do want to watch Fast 7, but I'm pretty sure it won't be enjoyable in the same way the previous films were and since it is a series primarily meant to be light entertainment, writing for a character after the actor has passed can't be easy.
This certainly will be a tough one for Chris Morgan to figure out and I guess all we can ask is that Brain O'Conner be given a respectful send-off, however it is eventually achieved. I do want to watch Fast 7, but I'm pretty sure it won't be enjoyable in the same way the previous films were and since it is a series primarily meant to be light entertainment, writing for a character after the actor has passed can't be easy.
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