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‘Fast and Furious 8’ release date, spoilers: Paul Walker to appear in flashbacks

“Fast and Furious 8” is still in its development stage albeit with New York City already set as one of its primary locations, and according to Variety, there is interest to film in Cuba. Another aspect that has been confirmed is that the late Paul Walker will be appearing in the film in some shape or form.

Speaking to MSN, NBC Universal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer stated that despite the fact Walker passed away during the production of the previous entry in the franchise and that his brother Cody would not be stepping in to replace him in “Fast 8,” Paul will still have some presence in the film and this may even affect the story moving forward.

According to a report from Yibada, this may indicate that flashback sequences from previous films will be used. It is possible “Fast 8” will use some of the unused footage from older films or may simply rely on the best scenes Walker’s Brian O’Connor is remembered for.

Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) is also said to be in the film and the report points out that her storyline will focus specifically on the scenes utilizing Brian’s flashbacks. There are speculations that the connection between the story and the movie’s new villain could be hidden within these flashbacks.

However, it is also entirely possible that flashbacks won’t be utilized to represent Brian O’Connor and that the movie will simply resort to old photos and some of the character’s possessions such as an old FBI piece of evidence that the villain may want to retrieve.

In the timeline of the films, Brian O’Connor is still alive, therefore it is likely Mia will be making investigations on her own without her husband’s knowledge, allowing the story to move forward without having to insert footage of Brian.

“Fast 8” opens in theaters on April 17, 2017.

Michelle Rodriguez Dishes On Paul Walker’s Connection To “Fast & Furious 8”

Michelle Rodriguez is still mourning the loss of Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker. It can be heard in her voice, seen in her eyes, and demonstrated in her words, but the star of such popular film franchises as Resident Evil and Fast & Furious is now beginning to talk of coping with Walker’s death and moving on with life. She says she finds a connection to Paul in continuing his legacy with Fast & Furious 8 and carrying on with the late actor’s most popular film franchise.

“We need a good reason to move on after Paul,” she explained. “And being that this is a global franchise now, it’s not just the American baby, it’s important that we consider moving on and take it seriously.”

For Ms. Rodriguez and her Furious co-stars, it isn’t just about making another film and creating a bigger blockbuster. There has to be more to it, for Walker’s memory, the actress reveals, according to E! News.

“But for us as a cast, I think we need a reason and it needs to have heart, so hopefully we’ll find it, you know? And somebody who’s passionate about directing it—I think that’s the most important thing is finding a good director.”

Michelle reveals that plans for a Furious 8 are already underway with a tentative schedule to begin filming. So, when do the cameras start rolling on F8 (or Fate) as Vin Diesel has started calling it?

“Next summer!” Rodriguez said with excitement. “Yeah, we’re trying to round up the troops.”

Michelle confesses to having an additional reason to feeling so psyched about the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, reports Design & Trend. The current pitch has Furious 8 taking place in New York City, which would bring Ms. Rodriguez back home for the first time since Girl Fight (2000).

“We were looking at New York, and I think the studio was open to that so keep fingers crossed! It’ll be my first movie at home since Girl Fight!”

Just listening to Michelle list off the reasons for shooting Furious 8 in N.Y.C. betrays her passion for going back home and it seems fitting that she should revisit the past, after losing Paul Walker so tragically.

“New York’s just like a melting pot. There is so much to discover there. Motor cycle cruise, everything from the Hell’s Angels home, you’ve got a lot that you can play with in New York.”

Although still in pre-production, Fast & Furious 8, starring Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, is set for an April 14, 2017 theatrical release.

Wiz Khalifa opens up about Paul Walker tribute song

Wiz Khalifa has opened up about his tribute song for Paul Walker in the latest Fast and Furious film, saying it “connects with so many people”.

His song See You Again was used in the Furious 7 soundtrack , reportedly as Paul is seen driving off into the distance with the hit playing in the background.

The poignant tune, which features Charlie Puth on vocals, has since become the quickest-selling single of the year.

In an interview with BET, Wiz said of its growing success: “The fact that it connects with so many people, that’s what is really, really important for me so I’m f**king with it.”

He explained vocalist Charlie initially wrote the lyrics about a friend who died in a car crash, and Wiz later took it over.

He told the site: “My whole objective [when writing See You Again] was to make something that everybody can connect with. It feels personal, but it’s something that everybody can feel too. It’s not so personal that you’re disconnected to it. Basically, that was my mind frame for it. Think about family in general. Not necessarily my family or someone else’s family that everybody goes through in that situation.”

He added: “I had a lot of good direction from the Fast & Furious people as far as the texture of the song and how they wanted it to feel. What was most important, too, was to make sure that it was a celebration of life. You know, to reflect on things, but also just to celebrate what we’ve been through.”

Paul Walker was killed in a car crash on 30 November 2013 when the Porsche he was travelling in as a passenger hit a tree and caught fire.

The track marks Khalifa’s second appearance at the top of the Official Singles Chart after reaching the summit back in 2012 guesting on Maroon 5’s Payphone.

See You Again also sets a new streaming record, racking up 3.68 million streams in seven days and smashing past Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do.

The news comes as it was revealed that Fast and Furious 7 has officially become the fastest film to make $1 billion at the box office.

How ‘Furious 7′ Completed Paul Walker’s Unfinished Scenes

Not only was Furious 7 the most action-packed instalment in the franchise, it was also a beautiful tribute to the late Paul Walker. Many fans walked into theatres not knowing what to expect. How would the movie handle his absence? How did they continue Brian O’Conner’s storyline considering Paul tragically passed away halfway through filming? Even more intriguing, how was the film going to complete Paul’s unfinished scenes?

Following Paul’s untimely death, it was revealed that his two brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker would be standing in for him and helping with the production of the new enthralling movie. Since Furious 7‘s release on April 3rd, we’ve been given a deeper insight to how Paul Walker’s performance was accomplished.

Director, James Wan told Buzzfeed, “It became our obligation to finish this movie as a tribute to honor his (Paul’s) memories and his legacy,”

He revealed that the production team had to pick out “little nuances” such as facial expressions that Paul previously made in Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and what he had shot in Furious 7 in order to help the visual animators bring his character to life in the latest instalment. Wan said, “We literally had to build a bible, so to speak, that we could reference. Oh, when Paul is happy, he does this. When he’s sad, he does this. It was so meticulous.”

Cody and Caleb Walker, John Brotherton and a combination of CGI helped recreate Paul Walker for his unfinished scenes. Visual effects artists then replaced their faces with Paul Walker’s face to create such impressive scenes.

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Wan also disclosed that they pieced together different voices to complete Paul’s lines, “Sometimes, we would use the brothers to say certain lines, because we wouldn’t necessarily have ‘Archive Paul’ saying that. So we may have the brothers saying one or two lines here, and Paul would finish off the sentence. It was this incredible jigsaw puzzle that we had to put together. I mean, Paul had a very distinct way of speaking. [Cody and Caleb] have the mannerisms, but they don’t sound quite like Paul. So there’s a lot of tweakage that we had to do. It really is a combination of so many different techniques and different methods to make it work.”

Without a doubt, did they make it work! The final scene which was so perfectly brought together, tugged at our heartstrings. Paul’s face was obviously digitally animated, but it worked superbly. Wan done absolute justice to Paul’s character and his scenes were handled with great respect. Although a lot of visual effects were used, there’s no denying that Paul Walker’s presence was there throughout the movie.

What a beautiful way to send him off, we’re sure every fan of his and of this series will be pleased.

RIP Paul Walker

In “Fast and Furious 7”, Paul’s Character Brian O’Connor Will Retire, Not Die

After Paul Walker tragically died last year, the ‘Fast and Furious 7’ production team had a lot of difficulty grieving over the actor’s death while having to deal with rewrites and delays. The upcoming seventh installment of the popular film franchise will showcase Walker’s gracious exit from the series.

Even though the cast and crew had a tough time, they were able to find a way to continue filming until July 10, when they finally wrapped up the production.

The sudden death of Walker made the franchise’s future unclear, since no one knew how the series would continue without the actor.

Different rumors about the movie circulated, one of which said that the franchise would retire the character, instead of incorporating the character’s death in the film.

It was also rumored that the franchise used CGI effects, to supplement scenes where Walker was absolutely necessary.

“They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base…Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI,” a source told Daily News.

More recent reports say that Walker’s siblings, Caleb and Cody, helped out in the movie as body doubles, which the production team confirmed through the movie’s official Facebook page.

“We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too,” the statement read.

In order for the franchise to continue without Brian, Walker’s character, ‘Fast and Furious 7’ director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan reportedly altered the script in such a way that the movie will be able to send-off Walker’s character by using the footage he had shot before his death.

‘Fast and Furious 7’, stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Gina Carano, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, and the late Paul Walker; it hits theaters on April 3, 2015.

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