All this Furious 7 buzz has gotten us truly excitable and energized. As I was reading up on Paul Walker and The Fast and the Furious franchise, I stumbled upon this old interview from November 2013 from Collider, in which Walker talks about acting in a film called Hours, his initial hesitation in continuing with Fast & Furious 7 due the director change from Justin Lin to James Wan, and finally his goals for The Fast and the Furious 8,9, and 10.
The tone throughout his interview is of excitement and pride. He appreciatively talks about his experience working with James Wan, who turned out to prove himself as a worthy director on set, as well as of his delight at the fact that his close friend Vin Diesel also decided to continue acting in this series after the third film.
The part that pulled at my heart strings most is at the end, after the interviewer asks how many films he and Diesel envision being released. Walker admits that the studio plans on making Fast and Furious 8, 9, and 10. He says
"Well, the studio supposedly wants 8, 9 and 10. I’ll be 50. Even if 7 were to [tank], there’s at least an 8. That’s a guarantee. The thing that’s pretty crazy is that neither Vin nor I were going back to do the third one. They were going to do a direct-to-video 4. They were going to dispose it and be done with it."
Are you hysterically crying yet? If only Walker knew what his fate was to be, that in a weeks time after this interview was released, he would be gone, leaving his fans in mourning due to his untimely death.
It's been nearly 2 1/2 years later, and I think we are all still feeling immense melancholy. Walker tragically died on his way to Walker's charity event called Reach Out Worldwide while his friend Roger Rodas was driving his 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT. It is suspected that the two men were going anywhere from 80 to 93 miles per hour when the two crashed into a lamppost and two trees, causing the car to burst into immediately flames. The two men were pronounced dead on the scene.
They had only filmed half of the Furious 7 when Walker had passed away. Production was put on pause as they had to rewrite the script. His brothers Caleb and Cody stepped in as his stand-ins to help finish filming his final scenes. It took nearly two years, but we are finally blessed with the final product as we see our beloved Paul Walker one last time on the silver screen.