Following the tragic death of Paul Walker, Universal was left with a dilemma as to how to proceed. Much of his role for Fast and Furious 7 had already been shot, but the film still had a lot of production left. After taking a hiatus following Walker’s death, shooting of the film has resumed and the decision has been to retire Walker’s character. The teaser poster released today implies a parting of the ways elegantly merged with the “7″ in the logo.Universal will not kill off the character. They decided it would be in poor taste and I agree given the nature of Walker’s death, having him die in a film with car crashes galore would be grotesque. They’ll use the footage of his character, Brian O’Connor, that was completed to craft a fitting exit for him. Doubtless, this required rewrites that, along with giving cast and crew time to grieve, necessitated the hiatus in filming.
The Hollywood Reporter states,, “The plan is to “retire the character in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise.” I have never been a particular fan of the FF films, but there’s no denying their huge fan base and popularity unique in a franchise this many films in without source material from which to draw. Originally scheduled to come out this summer, Fast and Furious 7 will now open on April 10th, 2015.