With the fate of the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious series unknown due to Paul Walker’s untimely death, Warner Bros. and Fox have taken it upon themselves to move their high-profile summer blockbusters into more lucrative release dates. Although there’s been no official announcement from Universal Pictures that Fast & Furious 7 will not finish production in time for its proposed July 11th release, either those other studios have insider information that it definitely won’t or they’re just making a safe assumption.
Fox has moved Dawn of the Planet of the Apes up a week from July 18th to July 11th, a date which as of now is still being held by Fast & Furious 7. Due to the newly vacated July 18th slot, Warner Bros. has also moved up the Wachowski siblings sci-fi blockbuster Jupiter Ascending up a week from July 25th to the 18th.
Seems like a bit of an insensitive move on the part of the studios, but after all, it is called the “movie business” for a reason. Now it remains to be seen how much further this domino effect will go and if any movies will move to July 25th, where the only remaining wide release is Hercules.
With reports emerging that Fast & Furious 7 is currently being rewritten to give Paul Walker’s character an honorable send-off and that filming could potentially resume in January if all goes well, could it be too soon to write off F&F making its July 11th date? Some sources say its already been scrapped, but expect to hear an official announcement from Universal in the near future.