This past weekend debuted the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious series. Viewers of the film saw an alternate ending, planned after Paul Walker’s death, which included a heartfelt tribute to the actor followed by a montage of past footage. According to Cinemablend, director James Wan and film crew used CGI to create the touching moment.
In an interview with Collider, Wan said, “The original ending of Furious 7 was setting up, you know, the bigger world of where the Fast and Furious franchise could go into. And that’s obviously very smart of them to think so. But when the tragedy happened, all of that became irrelevant.” A nice move from the studio not pushing for the original ending after the tragic untimely death of Walker in 2013. Walker had finished shooting majority of the film with Wan using Cody and Caleb Walker to finish the production.
As far as a Furious 8 goes, “As Walker’s co-star and on-screen wife Jordana Brewster told HuffPost Live, none of the cast members were sure they’d return to the franchise following the death.” Although, the current film has done better than expected this weekend. All we have is Vin Diesel teasing at where the next film could go but the rest is unclear.