Studio executives have figured out a way to salvage Fast & Furious 7 instead of starting fresh. Scribe Chris Morgan is currently at work crafting revisions to the script which would allow Universal to retire Walker’s character from the series.
Using scenes that he already shot before his fiery accident which took his life, Universal and director James Wan hope to lay Walker’s character to rest. If Chris Morgan succeeds, the cast and crew could be called back to work by late January — but that’s a big if. This tragedy could lead to the largest insurance claim in Hollywood history.
After top Universal execs held a conference the morning following Walker’s Nov. 30th death, studio chairman Donna Langley — in her first major leadership test since being promoted in September — ran point on finding a creative solution for the franchise. With Universal already pouring $150 million into the film, their insurance firm, Fireman’s Fund, might have to pay the price in full if Universal concludes the picture must be started anew.
Filming has been postponed indefinitely. While doing that saves the studio some money, it creates a host of issues since cast and crew — and their guilds — have varying deals governing whether they can be kept on hold and for how long.
In the meantime, a video tribute to actor Paul Walker has quickly gone viral on YouTube, raking in more than 25 million hits so far. Set to Skylar Grey’s version of “I’m Coming Home,” the video contains clips of Walker as undercover police officer Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious movie franchise.
Walker and his friend Roger Roda died a week ago Saturday in a car crash in Santa Clarita, California when their red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT burst into flames after hitting a light pole. Both died at the scene.
You can watch the tribute below:
Props: The Hollywood Reporter