According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Fast and Furious 7” writer Chris Morgan is “at work crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker’s character from the series using scenes already shot.”
However, everything is still uncertain at this point and Universal could end up shooting the whole film all over again if none of the already filmed footage can be salvaged. But that’s not the only obstacle they are facing.
With the studio declaring force majeure — an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents work from proceeding — filming has been postponed indefinitely. Shutting down saves some money but creates a thicket of issues since cast and crew — and their guilds — have varying deals governing whether they can be kept on hold and for how long. SAG-AFTRA, for instance, requires the studio to pay half of actors’ salaries during the suspension, but stars (as well as Wan and key crew) might have deals with other provisions.
Sources told THR the film’s July 11, 2014 release has been cancelled (Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was moved to that slot) but insiders remain optimistic that Universal will bring out “Fast and Furious 7” and likely “Fast and Furious 8.”
An executive from another studio said, “I actually believe [the tragedy] will add to returns.” A Universal insider agreed. “Sadly, it will probably make people more interested,” he said.