just five months after star died in fiery crash
When Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash in November, he was only halfway through shooting his film The Fast & Furious 7.
For three months producers have been reworking the script, deciding in January to make the actor’s character Brian O’Connor retire as a way to explain his sudden absence from the story.
On Friday The Hollywood Reporter announced production will finally resume on the action film in April, just one year ahead of its 2015 release date. There are about ‘six to eight weeks’ left of shooting, according to the weekly.
The seventh installment of Fast & Furious was scheduled to resume shooting after Thanksgiving, but Walker’s death put that on hold.
Filming will take place in Atlanta, Georgia ‘on or around April 1,’ the Reporter claimed.
‘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,’ the Reporter claimed last month.
Final scene: Co-star Vin Diesel posted this picture of the last scene he filmed with Paul for Fast & Furious 7 as he announced that the new release date for the movie will be April 10, 2015
‘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,’ a source added.
‘Then 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 Reporter’s Matthew Belloni added: ‘The changes will require some additional scenes to be written and shot, but the eight-month delay of release provides plenty of time.’
The movie’s studio Universal would not comment on The Reporter’s story.
MailOnline exclusively reported on December 13 Paul’s younger brother Cody, 25, a stunt man, has been asked to step in to shoot some scenes for the film.
The end of an era? The future also looks uncertain for Jordana Brewster, who plays Mia Toretto, Brian’s wife and mother of his infant son
Following Paul’s death, Universal Pictures announced it was their ‘duty’ to shut down production – adding they were ‘dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew, and filmmakers.’
A source close to production said: ‘Producers had a string of meetings right after Paul’s death.
‘They soon realized they needed someone who looked like Paul to finish the movie and that’s when they approached his nearly identical brother, Cody. They can shoot Cody from behind and at distance and if it’s a shot they need Paul’s face in close up they can CGI it later on.
Brotherly love: Paul’s youngest brother Cody, 25, was asked to step in and shoot additional scenes for The Fast & Furious 7, according to a source
‘If Cody agrees it’s because he wants to honor his brother’s memory. There are many details that still need to be worked out, but right now the family and cast and crew are all still grieving.’
The release date of the film was announced by Paul’s co-star Vin Diesel just on Facebook before Christmas.
‘The last scene we filmed together. There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared … in the film we were now completing… the magic captured … and, in just how far we’ve come…Fast and Furious 7 will be released…April 10th 2015!
Happily ever after? The Dallas star only played a small role in the sixth film, after the couple’s characters welcomed son Jack, which should make it easier if she is to also be written out
‘P.s. He’d want you to know first,’ he added.
The star also posted the last scene he and Paul filmed together for Fast & Furious 7.
Fast & Furious was originally scheduled for release in July of 2014.
The 40-year-old actor was killed November 30 in a car crash after his friend, Roger Rodas, lost control of a Porsche GT which smashed into a pole and a tree in Valencia, California.
According to the Associated Press, investigators are now focusing on the car’s speed at the time of the crash.
‘We’re looking at speed and speed alone,’ a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press.
The AP report also said that investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying the actor had mechanical problems before it crashed, killing the Fast & Furious star.
The report added that the investigation also has ruled out debris or other roadway conditions as causing the car to slam into a light pole and tree.
No clear cause: The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing
However, according to CNN, authorities haven’t ruled anything out and no cause has been determined yet.
‘Investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will meet with engineers from Porsche next month to analyze the data retrieval system, the department said.
‘That system could shed light on the car’s speed, throttle opening, air bag deployment, seat belt use and possibly other information from the time of the crash.’
The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, is notoriously hard to handle.
All-star cast: Dwanye ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Vin and Paul (from left), became close as they filmed the movie franchise, pictured here in a scene from Fast & Furious 6
Living life in the fast lane: The father of 15-year-old Meadow was known for his love of racing, seen here at the track in 2005
Source : Daily Mail