Four days after Paul Walker died in a fiery car accident in Los Angeles, Universal has officially suspended production on Fast and Furious 7.
“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,” the company said in a statement. “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.”
The film had been shooting this fall, partly in Atlanta, and the cast was on a short break when the accident happened. Walker, 40, was a passenger in his friend Roger Rodas’ Porsche GT when he lost control of the vehicle; it crashed into a telephone pole, killing both men in the subsequent explosion.
In the days that followed his death, Walker’s Fast and Furious cast mates mourned his death on Twitter and at a makeshift memorial where the crash took place.