Universal Shuts Down Production of FAST & FURIOUS 7 Indefinitely
The New York Times reports that production on Universal Pictures FAST & FURIOUS 7 has been shut down for an indefinite period following the tragic death of the franchise star Paul Walker last weekend.
In a statement released today by Universal, it was confirmed that the filming would cease "for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise." The studio added, "We are committed to keeping 'Fast & Furious' fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it."
The actor's representatives confirmed his death over the weekend in a post on his official Facebook page. It read: "It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time."
"Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family," a spokesperson for Universal said in a statement.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles County coroner's office released the results of Walker's autopsy which revealed that the actor died of the combined effects of "traumatic and thermal" injuries. The driver of the car, Roger Rodas, died of "multiple traumatic injuries."
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