Fast & Furious 7 being rewritten for Paul Walker

13 December 2013

Rewrite will “honour” the late star’s memory.

The script for Fast & Furious 7 is being rewritten to give its late star, Paul Walker, an "honourable" send off, it has been reported.

Walker died in a car crash, aged 40, last month on Thanksgiving weekend. He was en route to an event for his own charity when the driver, a friend of Walker's, lost control and crashed into a tree. Both died at the scene.

The Fast & Furious film was deep into its busy shooting schedule, criss-crossing a number of countries across the world, when the accident happened. It's believed that about half of Walker's scenes were shot.

Production was immediately halted following the news, in order for the cast and crew - many of whom had worked together for well over a decade - to have time to grieve.

Director James Wan and Universal have since been deciding how best to proceed. The studio claims there is widespread fan support for the series to continue, though it will obviously have to continue with tact.

"What will drive everything is: is there an honourable and sensible way to do this?" a source close to the production said.

Walker appeared in all but one of the six films thus far released in the action series and his character was an integral cog in the machine.

Universal hope to resume shooting by the end of January, though that is subject to change. The original release date of July 14th 2014 now seems extremely unlikely.

[Source: THR]