I think this is the best case scenario for fans of the Fast and Furious franchise, particularly the ones who’ve followed it from the beginning. Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner, who we began this journey with fourteen years ago, will be “retired,” but not killed off in the upcoming Fast and Furious 7, according to THR.
We knew they had to retire him somehow after Walker’s death in November, but now THR confirms that director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan, as well as Universal exec Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, have pored over the footage Walker already shot on the film and figured out a way for Brian to remain a part of the story, and yet allow the franchise to move on without him.
The tweaks will require new scenes to be written and shot, but with a new April 10, 2015 release date, they have plenty of time. I wonder how this will affect Jordana Brewster’s screentime, because it wouldn’t make much sense for Mia to still be running around with Dom’s gang without Brian, right?