According to The Hollywood Reporter, the writer Chris Morgan is developing the screenplay, which may use scenes already shot before Paul Walker’s tragic death.
Hollywood Reporter have the main details of this tragic story:
The fiery crash that took Paul Walker’s life has plunged Universal Pictures into an unprecedented crisis. Executives are trying to find a way to salvage footage already shot for Fast & Furious 7 instead of starting fresh. But experts say that either way, this tragic twist could lead to the largest insurance claim in Hollywood history.
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. If he succeeds, cast and crew could be called back to work by late January — but that’s a big if.
The morning following Walker’s Nov. 30 death, top Universal execs held a conference call to mull the next steps. An insider stresses that the priority was supporting the shocked and bereaved family, cast and crew. NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer subsequently called all on that list to offer condolences.
The wreck of the Porsche Carrera GT creates a uniquely nightmarish scenario for Universal. In addition to losing the star of its most important live-action franchise — a series about fast cars — in a devastating crash, the accident occurred when the film was well underway but nowhere near completion. “Almost exactly half of his role was done,” says one source. Another says Walker was scheduled for considerable work on the film the week following his death.
A Universal source says based on fan reaction, there is support for completing the version of the movie that was underway, even though it is said to contain several car crashes. “What will drive everything is, is there an honorable and sensible way to do this?” says the source, but “there’s not really a road map” for the situation.
While a January restart is the goal, it is far from certain. Sources say the film’s July 11 release has been scrapped (Fox moved its Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to that slot). But insiders are confident Universal will release a seventh Fast and probably an eighth. “I actually believe [the tragedy] will add to returns,” says a rival studio exec. A Universal insider agrees: “Sadly, it will probably make people more interested.”
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