Writer Working on Fitting Paul Walker Sendoff in 'Fast and Furious 7'
Many are still mourning the death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, but already, the team behind the movie franchise is faced with a rough-yet-necessary task. Producers have decided the move ahead with production of Fast and Furious 7, and will write Walker’s fictional departure from the film in a respectful manner, using existing footage. For the Walker family and those that turned out in droves to mourn him, the subject of finding ways to finish the movie without him might seem a bit crass or obtuse, but Paramount has already put $150 million into this seventh ‘Fast’ film and are looking for solutions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there was still a significant amount of filming to be done, including a large amount of scenes with Walker that were scheduled for the week following the crash. Now, the film’s writer, Chris Morgan, is attempting to write in a departure for walker potentially using existing footage. It is a mounting challenge, given that about half of Walker’s scenes were shot, and Morgan will be attempting to send off Walker’s character in a manner that is both tasteful and believable to the film franchise.
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That $150 million already sunk into the movie is insured by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. If it turns out there is no way for Morgan to craft such a departure for Walker, Paramount would halt production and start anew. If that were to happen, the Fireman’s Fund would have to either pay the $150 million or prove that production could go on.
It puts all players in the making of this movie in an uncomfortable situation, but it does not overshadow the tragic reality for those who continue to mourn the passing of Walker.