‘Fast & Furious 7′ Delayed Until April 2015

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Paul Walker and Vin Diesel1 Fast & Furious 7 Delayed Until April 2015

The tragic death of Paul Walker at the end of November was a huge blow to his family, friends and fans, and counted among them are the cast and crew of Fast & Furious 7which was roughly halfway through filming when Walker’s sad passing occurred. Universal Studios respectfully announced that production would be delayed, but was looking for options for how to finish the film in time for its previously planned release date of July 11th, 2014 in a respectful manner.

It was rumored that production of the film might restart from scratch, with the studio scrapping most or all of the already-shot footage – a large expense that reportedly be covered since the production is insured. That idea – if it was ever seriously considered – was quickly abandoned when we heard that a revised script would provide some kind of ending for Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner. The most recent rumor pointed toward finishing the film in the same manner as 1994′s The Crow, with Paul Walker’s younger brother Cody Walker standing in as a body double and Paul’s face digitally inserted during close-ups.

As the producers, director James Wan and the studio scrambled to find a way to deliver the film for its summer 2014 release, one thing apparently became clear: the seventh installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise was not to meet that already-rushed date. Walker’s friend and co-star Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to spread the news that the film has been moved to 2015.

Here is Diesel’s statement, posted with  the picture above:

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…

Fast Furious 7 Brian and Mia Ending Fast & Furious 7 Delayed Until April 2015

There is no immediate information about what approach the filmmakers are taking to solve the problem of how to complete the highly anticipated seventh film in a franchise which has become more lucrative and popular with each installment in a way which will allow the studio to maintain their bottom line while providing a dignified and respectful on-screen goodbye to one of the series’ main stars.

Some rumors suggest that Walker had mainly filmed character scenes, with the bulk of his character’s action sequences still pending, but the stories that have circulated all point to the fact that Paul Walker had not filmed anything close to most of his scenes. Some fans feared some kind of quick-fix in the form of a quick and dirty car crash scene or an off-screen event explaining away Brian O’Conner’s exit from the story, but the delay points toward a commendable attempt on the part of Universal, James Wan and screenwriter Chris Morgan to work with the content they have and provide a fitting and satisfactory conclusion to Walker’s character arc.

Moving any movie into the blockbuster-laden year of 2015 is a risk, but as of this writing, Fast & Furious 7 has no direct competition, with the summer bloodbath only truly beginning in May, which sees the premiere of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and TomorrowlandUniversal will have to keep fan interest high throughout 2014, but a carefully modulated release of story details, images and footage will likely keep awareness on an appropriate level.

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Fast & Furious 7 will premiere on April 10, 2015.

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  1. WOW! 2015 biggest year in box office history…

    • So what do we have?

      The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
      Ant-Man
      Fast And Furious 7
      Man Of Steel 2
      Fifty Shades Of Grey
      The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
      Jurassic World
      Terminator Genesis
      Star Wars Episode VII among many others….

      My wallet is scared…

      • Yeah, I get what you mean. I’ve already got money saved away for that year. It’s like a college fund, except for movies.

        • I’m starting mine but I like to go in the afternoon when there’s hardly anyone around and it costs less than £10 for a 3D ticket if I’m forced to watch in that medium (I still don’t like to).

          So far, 2015 is looking like this for me:

          Avengers 2
          Batman Vs Superman
          Ant-Man
          Jurassic World

          I’m not that interested in other movies releasing that year (did the Star Wars cinema experience with the prequel trilogy, never liked Fast and Furious, Terminator: Genesis needs to provide more info but so far, I’d only watch for Arnold and Emilia, nothing else seems worth it).

          I can understand why the movie is being delayed and not just because of Paul’s death (the break they’re on since he died will conflict with other commitments too) but again, I only saw the first two movies and didn’t enjoy them so it’s not like I’m desperate to see the 7th one.

          • The first two were the worlds Fast & Furious movies. Every one after that is good or great.

            • You mean worst? If so, I disagree. While the second film wasn’t all that great, the first one is still my favourite of the series (with part 5 right behind it).

      • mine is too, poor things.

      • Hahaha, Same here! Though we forget what we have this year!

        Godzilla
        Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
        X men
        Captain America
        TASM 2
        Interstellar
        22 Jump Street
        Guardians!
        Dumb and Dumber 2
        Mockingjay part 1
        Transcendence
        OH MAN!!!! THE RAID 2!!!!!!

        My Wallet will suffer the next two years!

  2. Bond 24 aswell in 2015 if i’m not mistaken.

  3. Dazz you should give FF4-6 a try. The movies really change direction and they reinvented the franchise with those movies. I agree on FF2, i thought that movie was atrocious and only proved Vin and Paul together is the only way this franchise works. Havent seen Tokyo Drift so i cant say anything about it.

    • I agree. Drop FF4 from the roster, though. That movie is terrible. The real reinvention only took place with Fast Five.

      • I completely disagree. The 4th movie was awesome. That started the new feel for the franchise. But that is why these comment boards are great. We can agree to disagree.

    • Tokyo Drift was actually a fun movie if you don’t take it as part of the series. It’s really its own stand-alone film, with only a cameo to tie it to the series (at the time).

      • Tokyo Drift actually goes after #6. If you watch the special features on #6, it tells you that the order of Fast and Furious goes #1,2,4,5,6,3,7.

        • Yes, I know that’s the order. It became clear afterwards, with Han saying he was going to go to Tokyo and then with the post-credits scene in FF6. That’s why I said the cameo was the only thing tying it to the series “at the time”.

          It still should be taken as its own stand-alone film, or at best a side story, because it focuses on a character that has nothing to do with the rest of the series (so far), and the one that actually is in other films is a side character. In future it might be better integrated after we see Lucas Black in part 7, but for now it doesn’t seem like it really fits (even in tone).

          Having said that, I still enjoyed it and hope to see them make the story come full circle in part 7.

  4. Putting aside the tragic circumstances for just a moment, 2015 is looking to be a good year for film fans. I just hope the film is as good as the last one!

  5. Game of Death had to deal with this issue too. They too superimposed Bruce Lee’s head and added in scenes from his other movies. The continuity errors got out of control. However with our modern day technology, they’ll do a better job. I hope.

  6. This means they need time to fix this. Understandably so. I am thinking we will see less of Brian OConner than what is currently on film. No brother Cody. No killing him off in a car crash for sure. They are going to ‘re-write huge portions of the script.

  7. Personally I feel like the best way to do this is rewrite the movie, maybe make it shorter to have more Walker and the scenes he shot. Have Statham kill him in some way other then a car crash, have a big ceremony for the character. doubling as a way for the actors and producers who have worked with him to sort of say good bye through the characters memorial. Than of course make the 8th be all about Vins revenge. That’s just how I see it.

  8. i say taylor kitsch can replace paul walker. If you seen him with his shaved head he kinda looks like him. He’s a standard actor too in my opinion.

    • No good. I heard Vin ran him over yesterday. Next?

  9. Is the world ending after 2015? so many films coming out. This is what spielberg predicted, a lot of those movies are going to flop mainly because of too many cooks spoil the broth kind of scenario.

  10. This if what I’d do if I was the producers/writers. Alter the characters story arc to run along the lines of Having to make a massively difficult decision in order to guarrante the safety of the people he loves. Perhaps do to a loss or given the whatever impossible situation they find themselves in, Brian must make the ultimate sacrifice, hardest of decisions and must leave/remove himself from the equation to protect the ones he loves. Either he makes himself the scapegoat, and takes all the heat, the blame .. whatever (think of the same premise of batman in dark knight) basically becomes the world most wanted man but also a legend of sorts, and hero even. In the epilogue we hear stories of a driver helping people randomly across the globe etc. and a cryptic message (a note perhaps or symbolic anonymous gift) to his wife and kid about always having a guardian angel watching over them in the epilogue.

  11. Got a better idea.

    We get ahold of Walker’s severed head and shove it up Vin’s @ss and Vin now has a huge hemmoroid to deal with while driving like some teenage d1ckwad in the suped up Toyota mamma & poppa bought.