In the wake of a postponement in mid-production due to the death of actor Paul Walker in a Valencia car crash on November 30, Universal Pictures is moving “Fast and Furious 7” from July 11, 2014, to Friday, April 10, 2015.
The studio and filmmaker James Wan (taking over from Justin Lin) have been trying to figure out how to continue production on the lucrative franchise. This announcement confirms that the studio will proceed the race car franchise, which stars Vin Diesel. On Sunday night he posted on Facebook the new release date; Walker will be in the film, a source close to the movie told THR, even though he was unable to complete all his scheduled scenes.
Here’s the Diesel posting:
“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! P.s. He’d want you to know first…”
Neal H. Moritz and Diesel return as producers.