Universal confirm production on new film will be delayed
Production work on Fast & Furious 7 has been placed on “indefinite hiatus” following the death of actor Paul Walker, it has been confirmed.
As Total Film reports, Universal have delayed work on the next film in the popular franchise after Walker was killed in a car accident in northern California last weekend (November 30). Although a large part of the film has already been shot, the cast were scheduled to travel to Abu Dhabi in January to work on additional scenes.
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers,” said Universal in a statement.
“At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
Walker starred in all but one of the Fast & Furious film series, with the sixth installment coming in May of this year. Speaking after his death, Universal Pictures released a statement which read: “All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
His co-star Vin Diesel posted this image below on instagram earlier as way of tribute, writing: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”