The production of Fast and Furious 7 has been put on hold after the sudden death of the movie's star Paul Walker, who recently died in a fiery car crash along with close pal Roger Rodas in Southern California.
It seems that resuming the shooting of the film has proven to be too challenging for Universal Pictures, director James Wan and the rest of the creative team, Fox News reported.
The latest installment of the popular franchise began shooting in September and filming was on a Thanksgiving break when Walker died in a car crash.
Fast 7 already was on a tight schedule to meet its July 11 release date, which now likely will also shift. On Dec 2 the studio notified cast and crew that production would be on hold indefinitely, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
On Wednesday morning, Universal released a statement confirming the report:
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker."