James Wan, an Australian Writer, director, producer of Malaysian Chinese descent (SAW 2004) this time helms the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious series. This, as we all know, marks the final film for Paul Walker, who died on November 30, 2013 while the film was in production. In September 2013, principal photography began in Atlanta, Georgia, with the plan to shoot some sequences in Abu Dhabi later, for the production crew chose it over Dubai to benefit from the Emirate's 30% rebate scheme. Director Wan and his team also blocked the 'Pikes Peak Highway' in Colorado to film some of the driving sequences.
Furious 7 is set to receive all the attention it deserves mainly due to it being part of the Universal's biggest franchise and fans around the globe waiting to see what else is on the screen to cheer for. But, this time, it's a bit of a different feeling, for this is going to be the last time the fans will see Paul Walker. To help complete the film, Mr. Walker's two brothers stepped in to complete the job, to pay respect to their brother and also to the fans. So, we must thank the Universal and the rest of the creative folks behind this particular installment for keeping up with the project and give it a more than 100%.
Today (Saturday), at 1pm PST, via E! Online's exclusive Q&A with the cast, the first trailer was revealed to contain the traditional fast-paced action sequences. Intense and fun as it all seems, I think the question one must ask is: Does anyone care about the story? - Saying that, of course, with respect to the filmmakers, the whole cast and crew; I guess it matters not at all to care about the story, for the studio brings competent, passionate minds to keep the audiences on the edge of their seats, where the studio like to find them. Though, we do care about the film, for as fans of the films, we have been part of the Fast and Furious family. Just as they stand to thank us, the fans, we must also give back, and give installment 7 the love and respect it deserves.
The film is scheduled to hit the big screens April 2015.