The tragic death of Paul Walker in a car accident this past weekend has thrown into doubt the future of the wildly popular and profitable Fast and Furious film franchise, a series the late actor and car enthusiast played an enormous role in. Of the six films, Walker took the lead in five, playing Brian O'Connor, a former Los Angeles Police Department detective and FBI agent. Walker was in the middle of filming Fast and Furious 7 when he was killed.

The series, which has taken in $2.3 billion worldwide, according to a report by Variety, had been aiming to release its seventh installment on July 11, 2014. And while Universal, the studio responsible for the franchise, has not released a statement officially delaying the film, it remains unclear if the film's producers will still be able to deliver the movie on time with the death of their lead actor.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film was on hiatus for Thanksgiving when Walker was killed, but was originally slated to resume production in Atlanta on December 3. A meeting was held between studio execs at Universal and the film's director, James Wan, on Sunday to figure out how to move forward. It's believed that a large portion of the film has been shot, although Walker was slated, along with the rest of the cast, to film in Abu Dhabi in January.

In terms of filming, there's a lot more impacted by Walker's death than the seventh movie. Recently Walker sat down with Collider, and said that an eighth film was "guaranteed," and that the studio wanted future sequels, as well.

Unless Fast 7 can rebound from the loss of Walker - a tall order, considering his looming presence throughout the series - the future of those films is a very open question.


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      Dylan
      • 1 Year Ago
      If his family is ok with it they should move ahead with the 7th film and find a way to make that work, I heard for other movies they have used computer technology to put the deceased person's head on a actors body. Not to say this is the best choice but they could work out a good solution. I think ongoing though the movie needs to donate money to his charity in rememberence of him and to charities that promote safe driving due to the reason behind his death. For the 8th movie and on they would need to find an actor that would best suited to replace him, Bond movies do the same thing and they are still going strong.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dylan
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        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dylan
        Sticking his head on another actor's body would just be weird, and simply replacing him with another actor would not be believable. If they are to continue then they should simply adapt and write his character out of the script. Comparing Brian O' Connor to James Bond is crazy as they are nowhere near on the same level. The F&F films are sequels of the original. The Bond films are basically rebooted about every decade with a whole new cast of characters and story. Other than the name and association, the current Bond films are not sequels to the 60s films. If they were, we'd have a 70 something Sean Connory running around.
      sstowes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope Universal doesn't make the same mistake they made with the Bourne series. I loved the first three Bourne movies from a story perspective (if that even makes sense) but I loathed Legacy. For a film that wants to add a new element to a franchise, it never lets you forget how out-of-place it all feels. Particular care must be made to not only bring the Fast and Furious family closer but to honor its fallen members (Gisele, Han and now Brian) without giving its new members a chance to truly shine on their own. That's really the only way this series survives. And while no, they're not Oscar winning bits of cinema history, they are immensely entertaining, mindless and accessible movies that have continued to get better with each successor (4 may be the exception...way too much CGI to feel connected to the action parts). If the series moves on, it will only continue to grow in success if fans feel O'Connor wasn't just thrown out with the bathwater and new characters are trying to be forced into the mix.
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sstowes
        I agree. Writing in a look-alike, trying to minimize Brian's absence, or something to that effect would probably be disastrous and insulting to viewers.
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the studio believes they can make money on the franchise, then they'll keep making them. It wouldn't be the first entertainment franchise to continue after losing a star for one reason or another. As for the current movie, they'll probably just rewrite part of the script so that they won't need additional footage of him. Fast and Furious were never really dependent on complex plots with intricate story lines, changing it won't be that difficult.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get ready for more of these posts, there's going to be a lot of them. Two other guys were killed in a Carrera S and their families won a 4.5 million dollar lawsuit against Porsche. Now they are also saying that power steering fluid was all over the road too, and they went straight into the pole, snapped that in half and THEN hit the tree.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        Even IF true, power steering fluid leak on a nearly 10 year old car - so what? Maybe they should have checked before the race.
          ChinDude
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          The story was that the garage can find anything wrong with the car, so Roger Rodas decide to take a spin together with Paul not a race.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm pretty sure the guys with dollar signs for eyes will figure out how to keep the series going without Walker. It's not like FNF was the ninja turtles or anything, where everyone picks a favorite character to follow. While we're all saddened over his sudden passing, I'm pretty sure it isthe female demographic that will miss Paul Walker's presence in FNF the most.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @audisp0rta4
        The female demographic seem to love Vin Deisel just as much, if not more, and the series seemed to make a bit of a rebound with his return. I always felt his character had the greatest presence in the films.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      People die that's reality, sport teams, corporations, television shows go on. Yes it's sad he died but the F&F movies support many other people. If there is a will there is a way. I respect the man, he died involved in something he loved, fast cars. He has had a great life, if you could ask his spirit he would probably say he has no regrets
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        I'd think if you could ask him if he has any regrets, it would be that he can't be there for his daughter. Most don't expect to die at 40 or lose their father at 15. It's too young and an unfortunate and tragic turn of events.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I say that make the movie but have make a big part of the movie about his death.. like a subliminal. Some like he will always be with us kind of thing.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      No it is not, too much money is involved and i am sure the director will use his death to push his personal agenda. The character was killed by senseless gun violence that could have been prevented by tougher gun laws, or character was killed by angry football fans while protesting the Redskins name or whatever is the liberal wet dream at the time.
        xxmixedxtapexx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        The top of the page says AUTOblog, not POLITICALblog. Keep this filth away from here
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @xxmixedxtapexx
          Even if you keep political talk out, he still generally doesn't have anything useful to say.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @xxmixedxtapexx
          I wasn't talking about politics, just explaining to you what will take place. That's all.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @xxmixedxtapexx
          Its not streetracingblog either...so what?
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Wow, could we get any more off topic? Strangely enough, it sounds like you're using this story as a platform to push your own beliefs, the very thing you're preaching against. And no, I'm not a liberal, or obsessed with being pc, so save your breath.
      David MacGillis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish it wouldn\'t come to this but I wish a guy didn\'t have to give his life to end this asinine movie \"franchise\".
      damienreiduae
      • 1 Year Ago
      With his wooden acting, they could just CGI him.
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      No doubt here Hollywood will still milk the series for all its worth.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        If they feel people are willing to go see it then I don't see why not. I'm not a particular fan of the movies, but don't hate them either. As a car nut, I do love that these movies about cars generate so much excitement on such a broad level.
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah it sucks that he died, but why are people so attached to him? Maybe I am emotionally dead or something but there hasn't been a single celebrity death that has upset me. Sure its sad. It was a human life that was lost, but how is it different from any other death that we hear about on the news?
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        The difference between someone like him, and any other person is that he was a familiar face. None of us may have known him, but we knew of him, and saw him in lots of movies. Deaths happen everyday, but when you put a face and personality/persona behind it, that's more likely to get an emotional response out of people.
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