Fast And Furious 7 delays are slowing production from muscle car down to pinto speed. In addition to technical issues related to the Paul Walker CGI face replacement technology, rumors are also claiming that Vin Diesel has been blowing a gasket.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Paul Walker’s brother Cody will be standing in for him in FF 7 but it’s possible Cody Walker will be starring in sequels for years to come. (Oh, and don’t ask The Rock if he’s dead.)
The Fast & Furious franchise now faces the problem of how to continue the series without Paul Walker while honoring his memory. As the main character in a movie where his character’s death was not in any way planned, that poses some serious challenges for writers. Although the Fast And Furious 7 plot has not been leaked, it seems likely they did a complete rewrite of the story so that Walker’s character has a quiet exit somewhere near the beginning. It’s possible they may be capable of working in some of the scenes already filmed for Fast & Furious 7, but it’s obvious the character can’t be part of the main story unless Cody’s CGI work turns out better than expected.
After all, computer animation has advanced to the point that a young Arnold Schwarzenegger could be featured in a Terminator movie — so it’s possible the role of Walker’s character could be augmented with voice synthesizing technology in order to digitally recreate Paul for some of the scenes. But now it’s being claimed that some people are wishing Vin Diesel could be replaced by a digital double:
“Vin spent a whole day in his trailer one day. The next day, they waited four hours for him. He called a meeting [last month] of studio execs to his trailer for two-and-a-half hours to say, ‘What the f**k am I doing here?’”
The same source also claims the work was done with human doubles the next day.
Now Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has flat out denied the source’s claim and insists Vin Diesel is not causing any Fast And Furious 7 delays:
“This production is working through some challenges that are historically unprecedented. The crew and cast, led by Vin, have been nothing but terrific under these circumstances.”
If anything, having a bad day on set is to be expected considering how his job is reminding him daily of the death of a friend. If I were in Vin Diesel’s shoes, I’d want out of my contract but that’s unlikely to happen with such a popular franchise.