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'Fast & Furious 7' Delayed After Paul Walker's Death

| by Emily Smith

After actor Paul Walker passed away last weekend, Universal Pictures continues to search for a solution that balances sensitivity with the half-completed "Fast and Furious 7."

The movie will likely be pushed back from its July 2014 release date while filmmakers decide how to address the loss. It seems that the movie was already behind schedule, considering some reports that filming is only half-finished.

The crew was set to film a number of other scenes in Abu Dhabi next month.

Though Walker's role has been morphed from leading man to a member of a larger group, his absence in the movie would be obvious. Additionally, Universal must address the similarities between the cartoonish violence of the series and Walker's tragic car crash.

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"Characters have died in the franchise, and it deals well with the issue of death and tragedy," Jeff Bock, vice president of industry data firm Exhibitor Relations, said.

Bock added, however, that fans are suffering a real loss and that filmmakers will have to recognize tragedy without exploiting it.

In response to Walker's death, Universal Pictures released a statement acknowledging the star's work.

"Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years," the statement read. "This loss is devastating to us."

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Sources: The Wire, USA Today