When Paul Walker was tragically killed on Saturday in a fiery car crash, the last thing anyone was worried about was the future of the production of Fast and Furious 7. But inevitably, Universal is in a tough spot as they must remain respectful of Walker’s family and his very recent death but must also make a move on what to do with the movie in wake of his passing.
According to Deadline, Fast and Furious 7 has shut down production for the time being and isn’t sure when things will resume. Not that this is something many people are worrying about it, but it’s very likely that Fast 7 will not meet it’s original 2014 release date but the question is what will happen with the franchise as a whole.
But even with millions of dollars on the line, the thing that most people are thinking about is Walker’s family and his friends. Universal is in that group offering condolences, as they released a statement on Walker’s death today:
“Right now, 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 onFast & 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.”
It’s clear that even with the state of the franchise in flux, the focus remains on Walker’s family and friends in this trying time so soon after his tragic death.