After taking the last few months off in the wake of Paul Walker's tragic death in a November car accident, production of Fast and Furious 7 will resume in the Atlanta, GA area, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The wildly successful car-movie franchise's future was in doubt following the shocking and sudden death of one of its two lead actors.
THR reports that the producers will "retire" Walker's character, Brian O'Connor, rather than kill him off in order to reset the narrative and move the series forward. While Walker was a central character dating back to the franchise's origin, it has since evolved into an Oceans 11-style ensemble-driven product. With Vin Diesel still involved, along with relative newcomers like Dwayne Johnson injecting life into the last two installments, the FF series remains well-positioned to continue as long as it's profitable for Universal.
Hopefully for fans of the franchise, us included, Walker's character gets a classy sendoff. As a bona fide car guy, he was pivotal in making the Fast and Furious series the enduring (and profitable) enthusiast phenomenon it is today. Don't be surprised if this next installment is the most successful yet.For many fans, it'll be their chance to properly say good-bye.
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