'Fast & Furious 7' ready to resume production
February 27th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

'Fast & Furious 7' ready to resume production

The "Fast & Furious" franchise is planning to get back to work after the death of Paul Walker.

The actor's death in November came in the middle of production  on "Fast & Furious 7," and the film's creative team was initially at a loss as to how to move forward.

After pausing production and pushing back the movie's release date, the project is now hoping to start up again on April 1, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

If "Fast & Furious 7" picks up again on or near that date, that would allow director James Wan and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Statham a year to wrap up the other half of the film.

It's unclear how "Fast 7" will deal with Walker's death, seeing that the actor's Brian O'Connor character is a staple of the franchise, but the theory is that a re-worked script has found a way to retire the character rather than kill him off.

It is certain that at least some of Walker's scenes will be seen in the seventh installment, as studio Universal confirmed in December.

"Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of 'Fast and Furious 7,' which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015," the studio said at the time. "James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series, and Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel return as producers."

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