Following the tragic death of Paul Walker this past weekend Universal, director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and producer Neal Moritz have been figuring out how to proceed with Fast & Furious 7. The film was 50% shot and due to be released July 2014, however that date will likely be missed. Walker was a major part of the film, having appeared in all but one of the Fast and Furious films, so working around his death will be a challenge creatively, financially, and personally for all involved with the film.
Until something has been decided, the studio has halted production for the foreseeable future. Here’s the official statement from Universal:
“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.”