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Our First Sense Of Uni's FAST AND THE FURIOUS 7 Strategy??


Over the weekend, the folks over at TMZ posted a brief clip in which James Wan - director of the the seventh FAST AD THE FURIOUS film - indicated that the upcoming installment would move forward despite the recent passing of Paul Walker.  ’Twas an interesting development, as…up until this time…a number of suggestions had indicated the project could well be scrapped and reset entirely. 

It now appears that, at the very least, the FAST 7 team are indeed hustling to find a way to ‘retire’ Walker’s Brian O’Conner character organically within the context and framework of  already lensed material.  This isn’t terribly surprising news, but it does represent our first solid indicator of how the production is approaching the tragic and complex challenges it faces.  
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.


Sources say the film's July 11 release has been scrapped (Fox moved its Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to that slot)


…says THIS piece over at THR, which stresses that scrapping the work that has been done…and potentially starting over with a script specifically tailored to address Walker’s absence (as opposed to trying to shoehorn that notion into a wall of already exiting material)…remains an insured option which is very much  on the table. 

For now, however, it’s sounding like the mission of the moment is to preserve and utilize the material which has been shot already.  We should know how all of this works out soon enough, as the target date to resume filming appears to be late January.  Provided, or course, scripter Chris Morgan (who’s written every F&F film since TOKYO DRIFT) can find a way.  Given the genius Morgan has shown for continuity thus within this franchise to date, if anyone can pull it off at this juncture, he can...




Glen Oliver


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