I’m wondering if James Wan‘s involvement in the Fast and Furious franchise had anything to do with the tragic death of Fast and Furious 7 actor Paul Walker. As you all know, Walker died over the weekend from a serious car crash in Valencia, California, and it oddly reminds me of the onset incidents that occurred during the production of The Exorcist. Universal should take note from this situation, and never hire a horror director again for a project outside the genre.
Fast and Furious fans are probably wondering what will happen with this seventh installment? Was there enough footage shot during production to complete the film? Will they use CGI on a body double to recreate Walker in the film like Hollywood previously did with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Salvation?
Well, to let you all know the reality of things, nothing will be officially determined for a while because Universal has indefinitely shut down production on Fast and Furious 7. Universal just can’t seem to find a workaround at the moment given the fact that Walker’s character is central to the franchise. Universal issued the following statement about the faith of the film:
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. 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.
We’ll keep you informed as new details emerge regarding Fast and Furious 7.