The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has released the cause of death of “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker who was killed over the weekend in a car crash.
Walker died from “traumatic injuries” and burn injuries, while the car’s driver Roger Rodas died from “multiple traumatic injuries.” Both deaths have been ruled as accidental.
The news comes as Universal Pictures announced this morning that production on the currently filming seventh movie in the “Fast and Furious” series has officially been put on indefinite hold. Here’s the statement:
“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.
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.”
Though a postponement may not be enough. The Wrap reports that the film’s producers are considering scrapping the entire film and starting over.
While the production is more than halfway finished, many of Walker’s key scenes remained to be shot so different options continue to be discussed this week about what to do. As the studio is insured for unexpected losses, scrapping the production is not as out of the question as you might think.
One potential option would be to start over, potentially even removing Walker’s character if assembling the already-filmed elements as part of a new storyline proves more difficult than just starting afresh.
However, a final verdict on the direction of the project is still days if not weeks away as those involved “wanted to get the movie right and not rush a decision.” Whatever the case, it now seems likely the July 11th 2014 release date is now in question though Universal won’t give it up if it can.
Universal have announced though that a percentage of proceeds from the upcoming video release of “Fast & Furious 6” will be donated to Paul Walker’s non-profit Reach Out WorldWide. The group is a network of professionals with first responder skill-sets who augment local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts.