Vin Diesel announces new release date for ‘Fast & Furious 7’

Posted: December 22, 2013 in Movies

After the heartbreaking sudden death of actor Paul Walker, the future of the Fast & Furious franchise was in severe doubt, especially Fast & Furious 7, which was currently filming at the time of Walker’s death.  Now, don’t get me wrong, the last thing that matters to a family who has a loved one die is what will come of their profession/work after their death.  However, Walker was a bankable movie star – especially his resurgence with the Fast & Furious franchise (having Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in your films also help), and Universal has a ton of money tied up in the filming of the next F&F movie.

After Walker’s death, Universal shut down production of the seventh F&F film and there were talks of script rewrites – which is understandable – and even cancelling the film altogether.   I would have understood cancelling the film as all the actors that starred in the recent Fast & Furious 5/6 films were very close with Walker, especially Tyrese Gibson.   Now it looks like we’ve gotten official confirmation that the film will only be delayed a year and not cancelled.  Veteran F&F actor Vin Diesel posted to his Facebook page the last picture of himself with Walker on the set of Fast & Furious 7, with a caption that stated;

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…

Diesel also attached the film’s new release date with the Facebook post as “April 10th, 2015”.   While delaying the film a year (it was originally set for a May 2014 release) is probably the best move, having the film release in April is an odd move.   More than likely the April release date is due to a plethora of blockbuster films being released in 2015, including Batman vs. Superman, Star Wars Episode VII, and pretty much everything else you can think of.  2015’s summer is a huge season for big budget films, Universal is probably calculating April as the best time for the film to make it’s tons of money.   The year and a half between now and then allows for the script to be re-tooled and cohesion to be restored.  It also likely means that Paul Walker gets a proper send off in the film, instead of just being edited out.

Via Cinemablend

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