It sounds like Universal, director James Wan, and writer Chris Morgan have figured out how to handle franchise co-star Paul Walker’s untimely death when it comes to the storyline for the upcoming “Fast and Furious 7”. After delaying production and rescheduling the film’s release for 2015 (it was originally scheduled for 2014), THR quotes sources as saying the filmmakers will now “retire” Walker’s Brian Conner character from the franchise.
So how will they do that?
Sources tell THR that Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, will not be killed off in the film… Instead, the plan is to “retire” the character in a way that the studio hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the existing footage of Walker, who died about halfway through the Fast 7 shoot.
In some ways, “retiring” the O’Conner character makes sense. He’s basically the only family man of the crew, having a wife of sorts in Jordana Brewster’s character, as well as a baby. So it’s not out of the blue for him to retire and go live a normal life minus all the capers, shooting, and whatnot. It would also be a better send-off than just simply killing him off, which was one idea given the film’s revenge-driven plot.
We’ll find out for certain how O’Conner leaves the franchise when production resumes and the movie opens on April 10, 2015.