The untimely death of actor Paul Walker this weekend raises numerous questions about the future of the massively popular franchise that made him a star. Production on the seventh installment of Universal’s Fast & Furious films will likely be delayed, and it’s unclear what adjustments will need to be made in the story or how many of Walker’s scenes were left to shoot.
The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported this weekend that Universal execs met with director James Wan to discuss any necessary rewrites and how to continue production on the film following Walker’s tragic death. The cast was scheduled to continue shooting early this week in Atlanta, but THR reports the crew will likely not be back to work on the film at least until mid-week.
Fast 7 was being shot on an expedited schedule and was set to open on July 11, 2014; that is now likely to be pushed back, although the studio has not yet announced any changes to the release date.
Walker, 40, was killed in a car crash in Valencia, Calif. on Saturday during an event for his charity organization, Reach Out Worldwide. Walker starred in all the previous Fast & Furious films with the exception of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as former police officer Brian O’Conner. He also stars in Hours, which premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and comes out in limited release on Dec. 13.