After the untimely death of star Paul Walker, Universal Pictures is reportedly evaluating how to proceed with production of Fast and Furious 7, the latest installment in the car-themed movie series for which Walker is perhaps best known. Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas were killed in a car accident in southern California on Saturday, November 30.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures had already shot about half of the scenes for Fast and Furious 7 involving Walker before his death. Now, however, the studio is working to decide how it will proceed with the remainder of the movie. The film’s writer, Chris Morgan, is reportedly attempting to rewrite the script so that it can be finished using the scenes with Walker already completed. Alternatively, Universal may decide to restart shooting fresh with a completely new script.
After Walker’s crash, Universal Pictures reportedly halted production of Fast and Furious 7 indefinitely, but hopes to resume production by January 2014 if the script can be rewritten to, “retire Walker’s character from the series using scenes already shot.” The movie was originally slated to open in theaters on July 11, 2014, but that date has now been cancelled as Universal decides the film’s future. If the movie is scrapped or reshot from the beginning, an entertainment underwriter that insured the production reportedly could be on the hook for more than $150 million that Universal Pictures already spent.
Paul Walker was 40 and is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker.