Production on the Fast and Furious 7 film has been postponed following the tragic death of one of its stars, 40-year old Paul Walker.
Walker, a passenger in a Porsche GT, was killed Saturday when the vehicle lost control and crashed in Southern California.
Walker’s friend and the driver of the vehicle, Roger Rodas, also lost his life.
Prior to the accident, production was scheduled to continue Sunday in Atlanta following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Fast and Furious 7 director James Wan spoke with Universal executives early Sunday morning to discuss the status of the film and how to proceed.
They have yet to release an official statement.
Fast and Furious 7 is still currently scheduled to hit theaters July 11, 2014.
While sources indicate a majority of filming had already occurred, the cast and crew were scheduled to visit Abu Dhabi in January 2014 to continue filming.
With the news of Walker’s unexpected death, it is not only uncertain as to how the film ‘Fast 7’ will end, but also the future of the entire Fast and Furious franchise.
What is certain; however, is that everyone involved will want to proceed with the film franchise in a way that is respectful to Walker’s death.
Clearly a fan favorite of the ‘Fast’ films, Walker’s death has shocked and devastated everyone, including the fans, cast and crew of the franchise.
A spokesperson for Universal issued this statement late Saturday, “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.”
One of Walker’s final films, a Hurricane Katrina-related drama entitled Hours, is scheduled to be released in 15 select cities throughout the U.S. on December 13th.
The film will also be available the same time for purchase through VOD (video on demand).
You can watch the trailer for Hours below.
R.I.P. Paul Walker.