Paul Walker Will Return to The Big Screen in Fast and Furious 7
Fast & Furious 7 will be released on 10 April, 2015, Vin Diesel has announced on Facebook, reports E! Online.
Diesel writes: “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…”
No concrete plans have been disclosed as yet regarding how the film’s production will proceed without Walker but according to The Hollywood Reporter, sources have confirmed that the actor will feature in the film.
The film was originally slotted for an 11 July, 2014 release but Universal put production on hold indefinitely after Walker died in a fiery car crash.
Following a series of emergency meetings, Universal announced that the cast and crew needed time to mourn.
A number of options to salvage the film were reportedly considered: using already shot footage of Walker, using a CGI version of the actor for remaining portions and getting his twin brother Cody Walker to help with scenes.
As much as 60% of the film was reportedly completed before Walker’s death. Now the writers and director, James Wan, are looking to rewrite the film’s script taking into consideration Walker’s absence.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, experts say that either way, the tragedy could lead to the largest insurance claim in Hollywood history.
Studio chairman Donna Langley and production co-president Jeffrey Kirschenbaum have to find a creative solution to complete the film to avoid losses.
According to rumours on the social media, the firm Fireman’s Fund has to pay the full amount of $150m (£92m) to Universal Pictures if the franchise decides to start afresh.
Walker, known for playing ex-cop Brian O’Conner in the car action franchise, had also starred in Friday Night Lights, Pleasantville and Hours, which has opened to a limited release in theatres.
As reported in Uk Yahoo News.