Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fast & Furious 7: Production Update

THIS just in,...
One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is the delayed Fast and Furious 7 which, we are now learning, was only about half-way through production at the time of Paul Walker's death in November (rumors stated they had nearly finished production), and Walker still had numerous scenes left to film.
It has been released today that production will finally move forward: as previously noted, Walker's character, Brian, will be in the film and retired (as opposed to being killed); the studio has the upmost respect for Walker, his character and fans, and they plan on giving him a worthy farewell. The footage Walker has filmed will be used, but--at this time--no further details have been released, and it's possible details won't be released until after the film is released to avoid any possibility of negative publicity around such a sensitive and difficult issue.
Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in extended footage off the Blu-Ray for Fast & Furious 6. It has been disclosed that Fast & Furious 7 opens with the funeral of Hans who was killed in the post-credits scene of Fast and Furious 6. Dom and the crew stand around Hans' grave and vow vengeance, learning that Hobbs himself is somehow tied up and probably won't be able to help them.
It had been rumored that Walker's brother Cody would step in for Paul's last scenes, but apparently the studios have opted out of that. Shooting is to resume in Atlanta on April 1. With production lasting 6-8 weeks, that should provide director James Wan (The Conjuring) about a year to get the film ready for opening during the summer of 2015 (F & F 7 was originally slated for July 11, 2014).
At this point in time, the story line that has been released follows the post-credits scene of Hans' death in Tokyo. Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge for his brother's Owen's death (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6). Dom and the crew had returned to the US and living "normal" lives, when they attend Hans' funeral and realize what is happening. At the same time, a "bombshell" (as it has been described) about Hobbs (Johnson) is dropped, and Dom vows revenge for Hans' death, as well as realizing they have to take out Shaw before Shaw takes them out.
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Hobbs (Johnson) and Dom (Vin Diesel) in a clip from F & F 7.