When news broke that Paul Walker had died tragically in a car accident on Saturday, thoughts and prayers immediately flew to his family and close friends. But, of course, there is a practical side of things, even death, and upon hearing about his tragic passing many immediately wondered what would happen to "Fast & Furious 7," the next installment of his high-grossing, high-octane franchise.
The follow-up to this summer's blockbuster sequel had begun filming in early fall, with production well under way as the cast and crew raced toward the summer 2014 release date. While major questions still linger, like what will happen to Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, and whether or not he can feasibly be written out of the movie (as well as subsequent films), The Hollywood Reporter notes that a big powwow was convened on Sunday at the behest of Universal pictures to figure out how much of the movie could be salvaged and whether or not to scrap the production entirely.
Thankfully, the cast and crew have agreed to forge ahead. The production was on break for Thanksgiving and was scheduled to resume this week in Atlanta, but it's currently on temporary hiatus. After Atlanta, filming was then slated to move to Abu Dhabi. While the movie's release might be slightly delayed, there are no plans to scrap what had already been shot or to otherwise alter the production.
Meanwhile, past collaborators with Walker have taken to social media to share their remembrances, as well as their general shock and disbelief at the entire situation. Deadline has done a great job of compiling those entries -- everything from a long Facebook essay by Walker's "Running Scared" director, Wayne Kramer, to heartfelt posts and tweets from his entrenched "Fast and Furious" costars. Here's a small sampling of the overwhelming outpouring of grief:
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2013
Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.- Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) December 1, 2013
In a business that barely requires it, @RealPaulWalker was relentlessly selfless, genuine & trying to be better every day. Love you brother- Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) December 1, 2013
I'm gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.- Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) December 2, 2013
Very sad indeed.
My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send... http://t.co/CnKblb3PWu- Vision Implementer (@Tyrese) December 1, 2013
[via THR, Deadline]