The production of the latest Fast & Furious 7 filming has been shut down for an indefinite period following main star Paul Walker’s tragic death in a red Porsche Carrera GT along with his friend Roger Rodas. Paul Walker and Roger Rodas operated an auto shop together called Always Evolving Performance Motors.
Film for the movie was currently in progress and Walker had already shot many scenes, with filming set to continue on Monday this week in Atlanta. The movie was supposed to have premiered July 11 2014.
“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,” said the studio in a statement.
The script obviously has to be rewritten, but the question is to what degree, and how much presence will Walker have in the final product. If filming remains on hiatus for an extended period, the release date could see it pushed to 2015.
Investigations into the cause of the car crash are still underway. According to witness Jim Torp in an interview with CNN, a blast was heard in the distance before the car hit a light pole, which could indicate that a tyre could have blown causing the car to lose control. Other sources claim that power steering fluid was found on the road ahead of the accident, which could mean something was mechanically wrong with the car.