12:35 am - 01/05/2014

Universal to 'Retire' Paul Walker's 'Fast & Furious' Character

Now that Universal has decided to move forward with Fast & Furious 7 despite the Nov. 30 car-crash death of Paul Walker, speculation has turned to how the film will deal with the demise of one of its key stars.

Sources tell THR that Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, will not be killed off in the film, now set for release April 10, 2015.

Instead, the plan is to "retire" the character in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the existing footage of Walker, who died about halfway through the Fast 7 shoot.

In the weeks after the tragedy, director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Universal's lead executive on the Fast films, pored over the footage Wan had shot. The trio then devised a plan to tweak the existing script so that Walker would remain a part of the story but could be written out, allowing the franchise to continue without him.

The changes will require some additional scenes to be written and shot, but the eight-month delay of release provides plenty of time.

Universal declined comment.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
idk how reliable that source is, but I hope it's true

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klutzy_girl 4th-Jan-2014 11:40 pm (UTC)
THR is extremely reliable. I trust them on this.

And this is a better plan than killing off Brian. He, Mia, and Jack should live a normal life happily ever after.
tracerbullitt 4th-Jan-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear it, but I think this was posted yesterday
missyxxmisch 4th-Jan-2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
ya. deja vu.
markedglory 4th-Jan-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Good. Still won't see the next FF.
sandomingors 4th-Jan-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Will it still be a bankable franchise without him? 
pigeon_poop 4th-Jan-2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
sandomingors 4th-Jan-2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
I ejected after 2/3 so I know the cars and the thrill but I liked me some PW and how he and vin got on. That interested me. Now? I know the whole car culture will support but what else?
rarkon 4th-Jan-2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
people didn't go to FF movies just to see him, and the cast still has big names.

Action scenes/cars are what FF franchise is all about. The last two were incredibly successful because they managed to reunite all the cast from the previous ones + some great aditions (The Rock, Gina Carano). The next one will add Jason Statham, Lucas Black, Tony Jaa and Michael Jai White.
jjjdgergfer 5th-Jan-2014 02:18 am (UTC)
youandeyeteewhy 4th-Jan-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Make use of the brother, cousins, stunt people, stand-ins, etc. and do him right! That's all I ask. I will be throwing shit-pissed if I go see this in the theatre and they fail him.
tadashee 5th-Jan-2014 12:13 am (UTC)
idk if this is pertinent but i read

his main stunt man was his close friend too. they went to school together. I bet he will be cognizant if they use him for some of paul's scenes.
nalaa1906 4th-Jan-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
This was posted, no? but I'm happy they're doing this.
saturdaysinbed 4th-Jan-2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
thr is always right
lowlighter 4th-Jan-2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
i think this is the best outcome for his character.
fred2265 5th-Jan-2014 12:13 am (UTC)
haveitall 4th-Jan-2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
I just don't see how the movies will continue with the crew they currently have. We'll have Dom, Letty, Roman, & Tej. Maybe try to bring back Santos and Leo? I guess they'll add new people but it won't be the same.
sandomingors 4th-Jan-2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Nope. It won't :(
wicked_jade 4th-Jan-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
If they hadn't already killed him off, I could have bought Han stepping into Brian's co-leader role with Dom. Maybe they'll keep with the trend of making them more action oriented instead of just racing movies and give The Rock more to do by increasing Hobbs' role in the films?
haveitall 5th-Jan-2014 12:04 am (UTC)
If Han were still alive I would be so okay with everything (he's my fave). I love Roman and Tej, but no Brian just guts the whole crew IMO. I'm assuming with Lucas Black coming back as Sean he'll could be joining as well.
dib0n 4th-Jan-2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
Good, fitting ending for his character.
te_amo24 4th-Jan-2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
Good. I just don't see how they will be able to continue the franchise without him.
isntdaveone 4th-Jan-2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
this is bringing back memories of Allyliah dying during filming of Queen of the Dammed, and her brother had to step in to finish post-op.

__orangeglo 5th-Jan-2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Omg I didn't know about that :( How sad
neverhft 5th-Jan-2014 12:09 am (UTC)
and her brother had to step in to finish post-op

her brother........like how did that work...
isntdaveone 5th-Jan-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
they needed some to put some finishing touches on voice-overs or something with her role, and her brother sounded just like her, and they approached him to finish her duties.
lovesfreddiem 5th-Jan-2014 12:12 am (UTC)
I was wondering that too. So I went to wiki :

Before its release, Aaliyah's brother, Rashad, re-dubbed some of her lines during post-production.
benjuicy 5th-Jan-2014 12:12 am (UTC)
omg what
igbywentdown 5th-Jan-2014 12:49 am (UTC)
wat i did not know this

i loved queen of dammed when i was younger and i watched it last wekk and lol it was funny
misslouboutin 4th-Jan-2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
syvlie0o0 4th-Jan-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
You don't know how reliable of a source The Hollywood Reporter is? o_O
xliquidskiesx 5th-Jan-2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Not from the US, so no not really tbh.
tx5mym5 5th-Jan-2014 01:34 am (UTC)
It's the most reliable. It's an industry trade paper and speak direct to the studios.
leenerific 5th-Jan-2014 12:00 am (UTC)
This deja vu right now. Like usually it's a repost with a similar article but this is the exact article lol
xliquidskiesx 5th-Jan-2014 12:21 am (UTC)
I really didn't see it and when I also didn't see it posted under the tags I've used here I posted it :(
haveitall 5th-Jan-2014 12:23 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I googled cause I knew I saw it combined with the autopsy report but it looks like the post is gone.
leenerific 5th-Jan-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
Not your fault, mod should have caught it. :)

It's just funny cause I had serious deja vu until I realised I *had* actually read it before lol
fruitymangoes 5th-Jan-2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
The old one got deleted though, I don't know why ya'll are jumping on the OP for this.

I dunno why the old post got deleted though
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