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‘Fast and Furious 7′ now called ‘Furious 7′

- October 27th, 2014

It looks like Fast & Furious 7 is getting a title change. Newly released posters on the film’s Facebook page have rechristened next year’s sequel, Furious 7.

The first trailer for the James Wan-directed folowup will drop Saturday, Nov. 1, at noon PST.

Furious 7 was originally slated to hit theatres last 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, Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.

Walker’s Brian O’Connor character will be “retired” from the series, but 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.”

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Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.

‘Fast & Furious 7′ photos shared, trailer coming soon

- September 23rd, 2014

The summer may be over, and with it the end of another blockbuster year, but Vin Diesel isn’t ready to say goodbye to the high octane season just yet.

The Fast & Furious franchise star uploaded two new photos of the upcoming seventh installment on Facebook early Tuesday, Screenrant reported.

The first image, a shot of his character Dominic Toretto wrapping up his fists in the same manner a boxer would before a match, came with a message from Diesel promising numerous things for fans.

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The first, and the most important tease, was the confirmation of a primary trailer that should be delivered to fans relatively soon.

“Universal came to visit, to show the trailer for FF7…Speechless…yeah, it was that INCREDIBLE,” Diesel wrote as a caption.

He added that watching the video was an, “emotional and bittersweet,” experience watching Walker on screen for his last F&F film.

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“We all went above and beyond to make Pablo proud, but man, I wish he could see what we have created and just how far we have come.”

The second photo, a shot of Walker’s character Bryan “Buster” O’Connor and Toretto standing side by side wearing suits, is just as emotionally raw and powerful.

The suits are interesting, though, and insinuates this specific scene will take place before or after the funeral for Han, who died in the the third Fast & Furious film, Tokyo Drift, and where the seventh film picks up from.

The use of the scene was questioned by fans and critics after Walker’s death, and while no definitive answer was ever provided, it appears the funeral scene will play out as originally intended.

Although there isn’t any acknowledgment of when audiences will be able to see the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 trailer, Universal still has quite a few films they could slip the trailer into.

This author’s guess? Expect to see the trailer play before either Dracula: Untold on October 10 or Gone Girl on October 3.

The seventh installment is being directed by James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence) and is scheduled to be released April 3, 2015.

The film was originally scheduled to be released on July 11 of this year, but was pushed back following the untimely death of star Paul Walker on November 30, 2013.

‘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.

First look at Paul Walker’s brothers in ‘Fast and Furious 7′

- April 21st, 2014

James Wan and his Fast and Furious 7 team may just pull off using Paul Walker’s brothers as stand-ins.

Following the death of Walker, director James Wan postponed production of the film as he and his team tried to figure out how to wrap the film up without their main star.

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Older brother Caleb (L), Vin Diesel (C), and younger brother Cody (R).
Courtesy Vin Diesel’s Facebook page.

After weeks of conversation and pitched ideas, Wan announced they would be bringing in Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb as stand-ins for the final moments of the seventh installment.

The announcement was met with mixed reactions, but most agreed the idea seemed ludicrous and impossible to pull off.

Although, those hesitant concerns may be slightly eased after seeing the photo Vin Diesel, the franchise’s biggest actor, posted to Facebook early Monday morning.

In the photo reported by Badass Digest, Diesel can be seen talking to both brothers on the set of the new movie. Although younger brother Cody has more distinguished features, older brother Caleb is practically an identical twin.

He’s got a little more body fat on him than his late brother, but with some good old fashioned Hollywood exercise regime, Caleb may just be able to believably work some of his brother’s scenes.

Of course, we still don’t know just how much acting the two will actually have to do in the film, nor do we know just how much CGI will be used to make them look as eerily similar to their brother as they can.

Even amidst all of the speculation, it’s impossible to say how the movie’s going to turn out until we have the final product in our hands, so to speak. It could be a monumental moment in cinematic history, but it could also be one of the worst decisions made.

The question that really needs to be asked is what Wan plans to do for the future of the series? We can safely assume this is the end of Brian “The Buster” O’Connor, but what does that mean for Mia and their son? Are they out of the game completely? Is this the beginning of the end for the massive action franchise?

Only time will tell, unfortunately.

The seventh Fast & Furious movie is slated to be released on April 10, 2015.

Paul Walker’s brothers to help finish ‘Fast and Furious’ scenes

- April 15th, 2014

The filmmaking team behind Fast & Furious 7 have asked Paul Walker’s brothers to complete some of his final scenes in the upcoming sequel.

The announcement was made on the film’s Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. At the time of his death last November, Walker had completed roughly half his scenes and was slated to appear in Fast VIII, IX and possibly X.

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Universal Pictures, director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan opted to “retire” his character, Brian O’Conner, and will presumably continue on with the franchise. After noting that “Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action” for the new film, the Facebook message announces that his brothers Caleb and Cody will “complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production.”

It had been reported last month that Walker’s final Fast 7 scenes would be CGI’d using body doubles and voice effects.

Fast & Furious 7 opens April 10, 2015.