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'Fast & Furious' 7 Moves Back to 2015

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 23, 2013 at 2:03AM

In the wake of a postponement in mid-production due to the death of actor Paul Walker in a Valencia car crash on November 30, Universal Pictures is moving "Fast and Furious 7" from July 11, 2014, to Friday, April 10, 2015.
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Fast and Furious 7
Fast and Furious 7

In the wake of a postponement in mid-production due to the death of actor Paul Walker in a Valencia car crash on November 30, Universal Pictures is moving "Fast and Furious 7" from July 11, 2014, to Friday, April 10, 2015.

The studio and filmmaker James Wan (taking over from Justin Lin) have been trying to figure out how to continue production on the lucrative franchise. This announcement confirms that the studio will proceed the race car franchise, which stars Vin Diesel. On Sunday night he posted on Facebook the new release date; Walker will be in the film, a source close to the movie told THR, even though he was unable to complete all his scheduled scenes. 

Here's the Diesel posting:

"The last scene we filmed together…There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we've come… Fast and Furious 7 will be released… April 10th 2015! P.s. He'd want you to know first…"

Neal H. Moritz and Diesel return as producers.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.