Friday, September 4, 2015

They're changing 'Fast & Furious 7' in wake of Paul Walker's death

Actor Paul Walker died in a car crash late last month. Now, it's been announced that the folks behind the forthcoming seventh installment of the Fast & Furious film franchise are working on the script to adapt storylines in the wake of the actor's unexpected death.

They're changing 'Fast & Furious 7' in wake of Paul Walker's death

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FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. The industrial neighborhood where he died in a car crash is known to attract street racers. Walker and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas died in the one-car crash Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in the Southern California community of Valencia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. The industrial neighborhood where he died in a car crash is known to attract street racers. Walker and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas died in the one-car crash Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in the Southern California community of Valencia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) AP

Actor Paul Walker died in a car crash late last month. Now, it's been announced that the folks behind the forthcoming seventh installment of the Fast & Furious film franchise are working on the script to adapt storylines in the wake of the actor's unexpected death.

The Hollywood Reporter has the details on the expected changes and the concerns over the $150 million Universal had already committed to the project.

Sources say writer Chris Morgan now is at work crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker's character from the series using scenes already shot. If he succeeds, cast and crew could be called back to work by late January -- but that's a big if.

The morning following Walker's Nov. 30 death, top Universal execs held a conference call to mull the next steps. An insider stresses that the priority was supporting the shocked and bereaved family, cast and crew. NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer subsequently called all on that list to offer condolences. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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