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Fast & Furious 7 on Hiatus

Fast & Furious 7 on Hiatus

| On 05, Dec 2013

The L.A. Times is reporting that in the wake of Paul Walker’s death on November 30, “Fast & Furious 7″ will be going on hiatus.

Universal Pictures statement: “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,” the studio said. “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.”

Paul Walker's untimely death put Fast & Furious 7 on  an unknown course

Paul Walker’s untimely death put Fast & Furious 7 on an unknown course

Directing his first “Fast & Furious” film, James Wan and the producers could take a few weeks off and rework the script of the half-completed sequel and still make its July 11, 2014 release date. If a prolonged rewrite period is extended, the film may be pushed back to late 2014 or the already franchise-heavy 2015 slate.

The coroner released Walker’s autopsy results on Wednesday, December 4, and the actor died of both injuries sustained during the Porsche crash and the ensuing fire. It was also reported that Walker was dead within seconds of the car igniting.

“Fast & Furious 7″ also starred several actors with extensive franchise experience, including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez and Kurt Russell.

This isn’t the first time an actor passed away during production

1.”The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009) Heath Ledger died during production of Terry Gilliam’s fantasy film. When filming resumed, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law were hired to complete the part started by Ledger.

2. “The Crow” (1994) Lead actor Brandon Lee was killed by an accidental shooting during a scene. After a brief break for rewrites, flashback scenes were added to the story

3. “Gladiator” (2000) Oliver Reed died suddenly of a heart attack during a break in filming. His scenes were completed with computer-generated imagery (CGI) and for one shot, a mannequin.

4. “Harry Potter”  Richard Harris passed away after the second film of the franchise  wrapped and was replaced my Michael Gambon, who stayed on until the end of the series run.

5. “The Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983) Actor Vic Morrow and two child actors (both hired illegally) were killed by a stunt helicopter during the segment directed by John Landis. Because most of his scenes were completed, no major changes were made in the final cut.

6. “Brainstorm” (1983) Co-star Natalie Wood drowned during a break in filming. Despite the completion of most of Wood’s scenes, the financially-strapped MGM temporally pulled the  plug on production. Insurance company Lloyd’s of London decided  the film could be completed, and after a script re-write and a body double for Wood, the film was completed.

7. “Something’s Gotta Give” (never completed) After the death of Marilyn Monroe, the film shut down production. Scenes were later incorporated in the 2001 documentary “Marilyn: The Final Days.”

8. “Dark Blood” (never completed) When star River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween, 1993, production was cancelled because key scenes with the  actor were needed.

9. “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1956) Bela Lugosi, best known as the original Dracula, died of a heart attack during filming of this Ed Wood classic. Instead of reshoots, the director asked his chiropractor to take over Lugosi’s part, despite not resembling  the  famous Hungarian actor.




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