With Fast and Furious 7 put on indefinite hold, Universal is trying to find some way to salvage Paul Walker‘s performance, as it appears that he was half finished with his work upon the time of his untimely death. The studio currently has franchise writer Chris Morgan working on revisions, which may put the film back on track to resume shooting in January.
This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and they note that Morgan and company are trying to find a way to retire Walker’s character. Some might read that as a death scene, but as his character Brian O’Connor became a father in Fast and Furious 6, it’s possible he would shy away from future high-risk hijinks.
That though could be problematic as the premise of the last movie ended with Jason Statham‘s character emerging to get revenge on the Fast crew, but then who would want to see Walker’s character killed off when it mirrors his real life? And even then, if they could be up and running in a month, that would shuffle their release date out of summer 2014, which — in an era where studios have started calling their release dates into 2016 — could be difficult as the series has always seems meant for the summer, and getting pushed into 2015 means some pretty huge competition.
The other big problem is that the cast and crew, including stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and director James Wan, have likely signed on for other projects that were to start after they finished with Fast and Furious 7. If Morgan and Universal can’t come up with a fix soon, that could create even more problems. Obviously, we’ll be following all developments on this one.
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