Universal puts Fast and Furious 7 filming on hold following Paul Walker’s death

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | 590 Total Views


Universal Pictures  has temporarily stopped the production of Fast and Furious 7 after one of its actors, Paul Walker died in a car accident on Sunday.

The company has not said when filming of  will resume, but the movie’s shoot in Atlanta went “dark,” or stopped filming, on Monday and Tuesday.

The actor’s death on Saturday in a car crash north of Los Angeles has unleashed an outpouring of support in Hollywood for the actor. Mr. Walker was at work on the seventh movie in the hugely successful car-racing franchise. Universal has not said whether it still plans to release the movie on July 11, 2014.

Franchises are hardly a rarity in Hollywood, but it’s uncommon to find one with the longevity of the Fast and Furious series. The series started in 2001 and has steadily grown into a global phenomenon that consistently banks hundreds of millions of dollars in worldwide grosses for Universal.