Movie clips: Fast and Furious 7 hiatus leaves crew members in limbo
There have been conflicting reports about whether filming on “Fast and Furious 7” would continue following the death of lead actor Paul Walker. It was set to resume on Monday, but was suspended after Walker died in a car accident on Nov. 30.
Today the Los Angeles Times reports that Universal Pictures is putting the project on hold.
That decision will have some short-term repercussions for Georgia’s film industry. In a separate story, the Times reports that there were more than 100 cast and crew members working on the movie, which has an estimated budget of $160 million. With filming suspended that means there will be dozens of industry professionals looking for work in a competitive Atlanta job market. To read that story, click here.
The Hollywood Reporter also delves into some issues that I had wondered about. The insurer for the film project, Fireman’s Fund, will play a starring role in deciding whether production continues. Among issues that will need to be addressed is whether Walker was participating in any activities prohibited under the insurance policy for the film at the time of his death. Click here to read that story.
The Burbank (Calif.) Leader also has this great roundup of Walker’s little-known charity work. He even flew “under the radar” to Tuscaloosa, Ala. after the 2011 tornadoes. (I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005.) Sounds like he was a genuinely nice guy. To read that story, click here.