It all started in 2001, The Fast and the Furious, an American street racing action film – starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster and that was followed up by six sequels & two short films and as of May 2015 it has become Universal Pictures’ biggest franchise of all time.
In the process the franchise lost Paul Walker in a single-vehicle collision on November 30, 2013, making his final appearance in the franchise.
Furious 7 was part-way through production, filming was delayed for script rewrites and Walker’s brothers Caleb & Cody were roped in to complete the remaining scenes.
After the release it went on to become a critical and commercial success. The film grossed over $1.511 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise after just twelve days, the second highest-grossing film of 2015 (behind Jurassic World) and the fifth highest-grossing film of all time.
And now since Paul Walker will be missing from the sequel, American film producer & franchise produer, Neal H. Moritz explains how the next movie in the series will move ahead:
“We’re trying to do what we always do, which is try to come at it from a character point of view and figure out where the characters would go from here, Moritz told Screen Rant.
I think the thing that’s made The Fast and the Furious special is obviously we have incredible action and so on. But the thing that people really relate to the most is the characters.
We’re lucky that we have a lot of great characters. Unfortunately, we don’t have Paul anymore. His character… has moved on. But we feel like there’s a lot still to be mined.
That’s where we’restarting. We’re really talking about the characters, where they all sit right now. It’s a huge challenge.”
Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham have been confirmed that they’ll return for Furious 8.
Furious 8 is scheduled to release on April 17, 2017.
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Source: Screen Rant