After the tragic passing of Paul Walker this past weekend, Universal has come to decision for the upcoming Fast and Furious 7. As of today, Fast and Furious 7 has stopped its production. The next film in the Fast and Furious franchise was being directed by James Wan and was scheduled to hit theaters next July. However, due to the tragic events, the film must temporarily stop so that the studio and the filmmakers can decide what to do. Universal Pictures released this statement on the halt of production (statements courtesy of Entertainment Weekly):
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,” a studio rep announced today in a statement. “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 wouldn’t make any rational decisions right now, he said. We want to see what the family wants to do. We want to do what best honors Paul.
For now, it is unclear if Fast and Furious 7 will make its original release date. Stay tune for more on the pending film.