Friday 23 March 2018

Film delayed after Walker's death

Paul Walker died in a car crash in the US
Paul Walker died in a car crash in the US

Production on Fast And Furious 7 has been delayed following the death of its star Paul Walker.

The 40-year-old - who played Brian O'Connor in the action-packed franchise - was killed in a car crash near Los Angeles at the weekend.

The Wrap reported that plans to shoot scenes for the unfinished film today (December 2) have been cancelled following conversations between director James Wan and Universal bosses.

Production began in September and while much of the movie has apparently been shot, P aul and his co-stars were due to shoot in Atlanta this week and there were plans to film in Abu Dhabi early next year.

Sources said movie bosses have not decided if or how the story or production might need to be altered, or whether the film's planned July release date will be changed. However, it's thought work on the project might be delayed until the actor's co-stars have had the chance to grieve.

Paul died on November 30 when the Porsche he was a passenger in smashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames as he and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas drove away from a fundraiser in the community of Valencia, about 30 miles north-west of downtown Los Angeles. Rodas, who was driving, was also killed in the crash.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said speed was a factor in the accident, although it will take time to determine how fast the car was going. Sheriff's deputy Peter Gomez said investigators are working to determine how fast the car was travelling and what caused it to go out of control, including whether the driver was distracted or something in the road prompted him to swerve.

The star's Fast And Furious co-stars have reacted with shock to his death.

Paul Walker died in a car crash in the US
Paul Walker died in a car crash in the US

Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Paul arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: "I am absolutely speechless."

Ludacris said on Twitter: "Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers."

Actress Jordana Brewster tweeted: "Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone."

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