Will the death of Paul Walker cause Fast & Furious 7 to be canceled? The late actor, who passed away in a tragic car crash over the weekend, was currently working on the film, set to hit theaters in July. Walker had appeared in five of the six previous films in the Fast and the Furious franchise and had become an integral part of the plot, so his death will greatly affect the script and production if Universal decides to continue shooting Fast & Furious 7.
TMZ reported that Walker was scheduled to film several scenes this week that centered around him. If the cast, crew and studio decide to continue on with Fast & Furious 7, it will need major rewrites because Walker had not shot enough scenes for the movie to move forward. Universal has also not announced when, or if, they will start shooting again because most of the cast and crew are reportedly too upset to begin working on the film again. An insider told the site that "no one wants to even think about the movie. Period."
Fast & Furious 7 was scheduled to hit theaters next year on July 11. If the movie ends up moving forward, it's likely that the release date will be pushed back in order to accommodate the understandable delays caused by Walker's death. When Glee actor Cory Monteith suddenly passed away last July, the premiere date for Season 5 was pushed back in order for scripts to be rewritten and give the cast and crew time to grieve.
Numerous celebrities have also taken to Twitter to express their shock and sadness at his tragic death. "What a tragedy," tweeted Ariana Grande. "Cherish every moment with your friends, family & loved ones. You never know what could happen. Heartbreaking #RIPPaulWalker."
Walker's friend and business partner, 38-year-old Roger Rodas, was also in the vehicle and passed away in the car crash. Autopsies are being pushed until later this week, because the burns were so severe that dental records need to be obtained first in order to first identify the bodies. It was confirmed that the driver of the vehicle lost control of the car and crashed into a tree or post, after which the car burst into flame.
The pair had started a charitable foundation together and had just attended a fundraiser to raise money for typhoon relief. Senior Vice-President at Columbia Tristar Pictures DeVon Franklin tweeted: "Condolences to the family of Paul Walker. Our prayers are with him and his FF at this difficult time."