Paul Walker’s Fast & Furious character, Brian O’Conner, will be retired, not killed off, in the seventh installment of the hit franchise, according to a report.
Vin Diesel announced on Facebook last month, that production on Fast & Furious 7 would move forward and Paul Walker, who died in a fiery car crash in November in California, would appear in the film.
Paul Walker’s Fast & Furious character, Brian O’Conner, will be retired, not killed off, in the seventh installment of the hit franchise
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brian O’Conner will be “retired in a way… [which] will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the existing footage of Paul Walker.
“[Movie bosses] devised a plan to tweak the existing script so that Walker would remain a part of the story but could be written out, allowing the franchise to continue without him.”
Fast & Furious 7 is set to hit theatres on April 10th, 2015.
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A post-mortem examination has found that neither Paul Walker nor driver Roger Rodas were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their deaths in the fatal car accident.
Their Porsche was travelling at an “unsafe speed” when it hit a pole and burst into flames in California on November 30, a coroner’s report stated.
Both deaths have since been ruled accidents, authorities say.
Paul Walker was best known for the car racing films Fast and Furious.
Authorities estimate the car was travelling at nearly 100 mph at the time of the fatal accident, according to the coroner’s report released on Friday.
Paul Walker was best known for the car racing films Fast and Furious
But sheriff’s officials say the investigation into the accident has yet to be completed.
A previous post-mortem examination determined Paul Walker, 40, was killed by impact and injuries related to a fire.
The Los Angeles County coroner found that the driver, Roger Rodas, died from impact injuries alone.
Both men are said to have died within seconds of the crash, according to media reports.
Paul Walker starred in the Fast & Furious blockbuster films that celebrated high-speed car chases.
Production on the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise was temporarily halted following his death.Universal Pictures later announced the film’s release date would be pushed back several months to April 2015.
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Fast & Furious 7 will be released in 2015 after studio executives put production on hiatus following Paul Walker’s death last month, Vin Diesel confirmed.
Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash in California on November 30, a day before he and his castmates were scheduled to resume filming in Atlanta, Georgia.
Executives at Universal Studios closed work on Fast & Furious 7 while the cast and crew were in mourning, and producers came up with a plan on how to resume filming without the franchise’s main star.
Fast & Furious 7 will be released in 2015 after studio executives put production on hiatus following Paul Walker’s death
Vin Diesel has reached out to fans on Facebook to reveal the movie will hit cinemas in April 2015, almost a year after its planned release date of July 2014.
The actor wrote: “There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing … the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…Fast and Furious 7 will be released April 10th 2015! P.s. He’d want you to know first.”
Vin Diesel also shared a photo of the last scene he and Paul Walker filmed together.
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Cody Walker, Paul Walker’s lookalike younger brother, could be under consideration to stand in for actor to finish Fast & Furious 7 movie.
Cody Walker, 25, may be under consideration for filming the deceased brother’s parts to finish up the final scenes for Fast & The Furious 7.
He works as a movie stuntman, and could take his brother’s place on the film after Paul Walker, 40, died November 30 in Santa Clarita, California, in a fatal car crash.
Cody Walker could be under consideration to stand in for Paul Walker to finish Fast & Furious 7 movie
Paul Walker was on a break from filming the latest in movie franchise when he died, prompting Universal Pictures to immediately shut down production.
Universal Pictures had not commented on the possibility of using Cody Walker to stand in for his brother on the production.
“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,” Universal said.
Fast & Furious 7 production has been put on hold after Paul Walker’s death on Saturday.
Filming had been scheduled to resume in Atlanta this week but has so far been cancelled and Universal Pictures has declined to say when it will restart.
Paul Walker, 40, died when a Porsche being driven by his friend Roger Rodas, who also died, crashed near Los Angeles.
The film company will donate proceeds from the upcoming DVD release of Fast & Furious 6 to Paul Walker’s charity.
Paul Walker founded Reach Out Worldwide in 2010 to give first-response aid to victims of natural disasters and had been hosting a fundraiser for the charity on Saturday afternoon when he went for a drive with fellow car enthusiast Roger Rodas.
Fast & Furious 7 production has been put on hold after Paul Walker’s death
The lucrative Fast & Furious franchise became one of Hollywood’s biggest hits thanks to its reliable formula of high-speed chases, underground gangs and thrilling stunts and has starred Paul Walker in all but one installment.
Fast & Furious 6 became the highest-grossing film in the series to date, earning more than $788 million worldwide when it was released in May.
Its follow-up is scheduled for release in July 2014, and although Universal Pictures is expected to go forward with the film, it has not yet announced how it will handle Paul Walker’s unfinished performance.
A large portion of the car-racing movie has been shot since filming began in September, but it is currently incomplete.
Paul Walker starred in two further films that have yet to be released. Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, which the actor also produced, is being released in the US later this month.
Brick Mansions, a remake of the French action film District B13, is due for release early next year.
Paul Walker’s family has asked that donations be made to the late actor’s charity Reach Out Worldwide instead of flowers or gifts.
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Fast & Furious 7 will still go ahead following the death of Paul Walker, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The magazine quotes a source who said the production is facing a delay but the film will still be released.
Paul Walker, 40, died on Saturday when a Porsche being driven by his friend Roger Rodas, who also died, crashed near Los Angeles.
Fast & Furious 7 will still go ahead following the death of Paul Walker
The cast and crew of Fast & Furious 7 were taking a break from filming during the Thanksgiving holiday but were scheduled to reconvene in Atlanta on Sunday.
Another film starring Paul Walker, Hurricane Katrina drama Hours, will still be released in the US on December 13, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film’s producer, Peter Safran, told the magazine: “He would have very much wanted us to move forward.”
Paul Walker was reprising his role as Brian O’Conner in Fast & Furious 7. He starred in five of the six movies in the popular franchise.
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