Contrary to what has been said earlier, Universal have announced that ‘Fast & Furious 7‘ will be put on hold indefinitely. While it was obvious that the production would be delayed and miss its release date after the untimely death of star Paul Walker, the true extent to the delay is now apparent.
Universal have released a statement commenting on what will happen with the franchise and what their immediate main priorities are for this matter.
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers,” reads the missive. “At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker.”
Universal have also pledged to give a percentage of ‘Fast & Furious 6’ home media sales to Paul Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Walker was at an event for ROWW to support Typhhon Haiyan victims on the day that he passed away.
Reach Out WorldWide is a network of professionals with first responder skills including: doctors, nurses, firefighters, paramedics, construction specialists, heavy equipment operators, and other disaster-survival specialists, who understand that a fast response makes the difference between life and death.