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‘Fast and Furious’ cast and crew pen ‘Thank You’ note to Paul Walker

- July 11th, 2014

Production has wrapped on Fast & Furious 7 and to commemorate the tragedy that marred the shooting of the film, the cast and crew have posted a message on Facebook noting the end of the shoot and the loss of one of the film’s principal stars, Paul Walker.

“Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul. All of us — those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 — wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.”

The post goes on to praise Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel as being the glue that held the film together, as well as Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody, who completed some of Walker’s remaining scenes.

“From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day.”

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Fast 7 was originally slated to hit theatres this summer, but was moved following the tragic death of Walker on Nov. 30, 2013, outside of Los Angeles. At the time, the latest film, which integrates Lucas Black from Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift into the storyline, was supposed to be the first of possibly three new sequels. New additions Kurt Russell, Jason Statham (as the villain), Djimon Hounsou and director James Wan were tapped to join returning stars Walker, Diesel, Tyrese, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.

With Walker’s Brian O’Connor character being “retired” from the series, Fast VIII, IX and X are up in the air.

Walker reflected on the popularity of the franchise in one of his final interviews with Collider last November.

“Well, the studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I’ll be 50. Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8. That’s a guarantee. The thing that’s pretty crazy is that neither Vin nor I were going back to do the third one. They were going to do a direct-to-video 4. They were going to dispose it and be done with it. But then, Vin was like, ‘No, I’ll come in for a cameo,’ because it wasn’t testing well. He wanted to set up the fourth one and the studio went for it, and we got a second life. It was supposed to be done already.”

Fast & Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.

Fast 7 ‘This is Where Roads Part’ poster goes viral

- January 22nd, 2014

Okay, so it’s not real, but it’s incredibly cool. A fan-made teaser poster for Fast & Furious 7 has taken the Internet by storm.

The poster was tweeted by a fake Vin Diesel account (@OffVinDiesel) and read: “The Fast and Furious 7 teaser poster makes me want to cry…”

Vin is more active on Facebook, and uses it pretty exclusively to communicate with his fans. The fake Twitter account has since been closed.

Fast 7 director James Wan expressed admiration for the poster, but revealed it’s a fake.


Personally, I think it’s a pretty classy way to advertise the upcoming movie in which Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor character will be “retired.”

Fast 7 also stars Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and Ronda Rousey, and opens April 10, 2015.

Paul Walker’s scenes will be featured in ‘Fast & Furious 7′

- December 23rd, 2013


Universal has confirmed that Paul Walker’s scenes will be part of Fast & Furious 7. In a statement released to EW the studio said, “Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of Fast and Furious 7, which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers.”


Vin Diesel first announced that Fast 7 will be released on April 10, 2015, Sunday night.

Originally slated to open July 11, 2014, the new date will presumably allow director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan some time to revise the script to “retire” Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner character from the long-running franchise after the actor’s death in a fiery car crash on Nov. 30.

Diesel broke the news on his Facebook page and shared a photo from the last scene the pair shot together.


Diesel wrote: “The last scene we filmed together…There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come… Fast and Furious 7 will be released… April 10th 2015! P.s. He’d want you to know first…”

Earlier this month, there was speculation that Walker’s brother Cody might step in and film some of his remaining scenes, but there has been no official announcement on how the film will address the fate of Walker’s character.

In addition to Walker and Diesel, Fast & Furious 7 stars Lucas Black, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

In an interview with Collider last month, Walker confirmed that Universal was eyeing as many as three additional sequels.

“The studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I’ll be 50. Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8,” he said. “That’s a guarantee.”

Fast & Furious 7 rumour: Paul Walker’s brother to film final scenes

- December 14th, 2013

Earlier this week we brought you the news that screenwriter Chris Morgan is in the process of rewriting Fast & Furious 7 to “retire” the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner from the series. I know it sounds morbid, but Fast 7 is one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2014, and with filming halfway done, it’s a foregone conclusion that director James Wan is going to have to finish the picture.

Universal has suspended shooting the film until January at the earliest so Morgan can revise the script in a way that gives O’Conner a proper sendoff and sets the franchise up for an eighth instalment with stars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Lucas Black. But as for how filmmakers will account for Walker’s film exit (presumably he’d be killed off in the series) will be tricky given how he died in real life.

Today’s latest Fast 7 rumour hints that Walker’s younger brother, Cody, may step in and film his final scenes. The source of the news is the Daily Mail, so take it with a heaping grain of salt.

The pair look similar and Cody, again this is a rumour, could conceivably film Paul’s scenes “from behind and at distance.” If they need to shoot something close-up, Paul’s face could be CGI’d in post-production.

Of course nothing is certain, and the Daily Mail is quick to point out that Cody’s involvement is by no means a lock.

“If Cody agrees it’s because he wants to honour his brother’s memory. There are many details that still need to be worked out, but right now the family and cast and crew are all still grieving.”

If this is the way filmmakers proceed, then it will allow Fast & Furious 7 to play out, for the most part, the way it was intended before setting up ensuing sequels that could focus on Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and Lucas Black’s Tokyo Drift character, Sean Boswell.

What do you think of the idea? Sound off in the comments.


‘Fast & Furious 7′ scribe working on exit for Paul Walker’s character

- December 11th, 2013

Since Paul Walker’s death last month, fans of the Fast & Furious films have wondered how filmmakers will proceed on the shooting of Fast 7.

Walker, who played one of the series two leading stars, had only finished half his scenes when he was killed in a fiery crash Nov. 30.

We now have some indication on how Universal plans to proceed with the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Chris Morgan will attempt to rework the script to use the scenes that Walker already shot and “retire” his character, Brian O’Conner, from the series.

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Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Kurt Russell in a scene from Fast & Furious 7.

Following his death, Universal and director James Wan had to wrestle with writing Walker’s character out of the seventh movie and starting from scratch, recasting his role with another actor, abandoning the film entirely or using the footage he had shot, and writing him out of the final product.

Producers on the Fast & Furious series were already eying Fast 8, with 9 and 10 probable. So O’Conner will need to be killed, imprisoned or left ambiguously on the run from the authorities.

James Wan told TMZ over the weekend that the film will not be scrapped.

THR reports that if Morgan is successful in crafting a workable solution, the film will resume shooting in January, but it is unlikely that Fast 7 will make its scheduled July 11, 2014, release date.

Fast & Furious 6 is out on DVD this week and a leaked extra shows an eerie scene from the seventh film in which O’Conner promises “one more funeral.”

Fast 7 also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou and Tokyo Drift’s Lucas Black.

So, how do you think Brian O’Conner should be written out of the Fast & Furious franchise? Sound off in the comments below.