As a result of the tragic death of star Paul Walker, the production schedule of Fast & Furious 7 has been repeatedly delayed. Everything was put on hold for months while changes were made to the script and the studio decided how to proceed. Now, reshoots are under way with the deceased actor’s brothers who have been brought in for motion capture and facial replacement purposes. In short, it’s been kind of an expensive mess, and if the latest rumors are to be believed, Vin Diesel is not helping the situation.
The latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter cites a few sources on the set of Fast & Furious 7 who claim morale is very low, partially because Vin Diesel has allegedly not been the most cooperative. The outlet claims he spent an entire day refusing to come out of his trailer. He allegedly spent four hours another day holding up production and called an emergency meeting with Universal executives to voice his displeasure about everything happening.
Of course, none of these supposed sources have been willing to speak on the record, and Universal itself has a completely different version of events. Here’s the exact quote Chairman Donna Langley gave to THR…
"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."
Here’s the odd thing about this. There are certain stars who generate rumors like this as if it’s their job. Every time they work, it seems like smoky and embarrassing whispers just billow out, but the rest of the press associated with Fast & Furious 7 and Vin Diesel has been great. He’s given emotional speeches and tweeted out pictures with Paul Walker’s brothers. By all accounts, he’s very committed to making the film as good as possible and producing a final product that honors his fallen brother’s legacy.
Because of how much interest there is in Fast & Furious 7 and how much stock people typically put into stories from The Hollywood Reporter, it’s likely you’ll be hearing quite a bit about this. Just take all of it with a grain of salt. There may be some truth to the difficult whispers, but as we all know, the slightest bit of negativity can be blown out of proportion by production assistants who don’t really have any knowledge related to what is actually going on.
Regardless, here’s to hoping all involved are able to produce a Fast & Furious 7 that honors Paul Walker’s legacy and leaves every last fan with a smile on his or her face.