Fast & Furious 7 delayed

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- Production on "Fast & Furious 7" is on hold following the death of star Paul Walker last November 30. The autopsy of his dead body has been completed, but the results will not be released until Wednesday, authorities said.

Shooting on the film had been scheduled to resume this week in Atlanta but was canceled Monday and Tuesday. A spokesman for Universal Pictures declined to say when shooting will resume.

The movie was schedule for release on July 11, 2015, while the production on the latest installment of the franchise began in September this year.

Universal Pictures is expected to go forward with the film, but it has not announced how it will adjust the movie or handle Walker's unfinished performance.

The franchise, which has starred Walker in all but one installment, is lucrative for Universal. "Fast & Furious 6," released in May, was the highest grossing film in the series, earning more than $788 million worldwide.

The manner of Walker's death, a fiery car crash in a specialty sports car, was also so reminiscent of the films that made him famous.

The "Fast & Furious 7" will be under particular scrutiny for how it portrays the fatal risks of street car racing.

Universal said Tuesday that it will donate a portion of the proceeds from the upcoming DVD, Blu-ray and digital release of "Fast & Furious 6" to Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide.

Walker, 40, founded Reach Out Worldwide in 2010 to give first-response aid to victims of natural disasters.

Walker was hosting a fundraiser for the nonprofit on Saturday afternoon when he and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas went for a ride in Rodas' 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and were killed in the crash north of Los Angeles.

They were on their way to a charity event for victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines when the accident happened.

Walker's family also has asked that donations be made to Reach Out Worldwide in lieu of flowers or gifts.

Earlier, the police said that speedwas a factor in Saturday's car crash, though it will take time to determine how fast the car was going.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said witnesses described the car "traveling alone at a high rate of speed" before the Porsche smashed into a light pole and tree, and then exploded in flames.

On Monday, a private memorial for survivors and the cast and crew of the "Fast & Furious" movies was held inside a white tent erected around the crash site in Valencia. Walker's co-star Vin Diesel thanked fans for paying their respects to the actor.

Walker left behind two completed films that will be released.

He stars in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama "Hours," which Lionsgate's Pantelion Films will release December 13 in limited theaters and on video-on-demand, as previously planned.

Walker also stars in "Brick Mansions," a remake of the French action film "District B13" that Relativity plans to release early next year. (AP)

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