Picking Up the Pieces: 7 Actors Who Died Before Finishing Their Films
Paul Walker, left, in 'Fast & Furious 6' (Photo: Universal)
Many if not most footage had been shot. The film is indeed salvageable. But Paul Walker's shocking death over the weekend has cast a huge shadow over the upcoming "Fast and Furious" sequel.
While initial reports indicated "Fast & Furious 7" would roll on in the wake of the 40-year-old actor's untimely passing, Yahoo Movies has learned there are several factors at play that make the fate of the highly anticipated sequel far from clear.
Production had been under way since September, but there were several scenes with Walker that had not been filmed yet. According to sources involved in the film, about two-thirds of the script would have to be rewritten to accommodate Walker's loss. The writers are currently going over options about how to proceed in a manner that is respectful to the actor. All options are on the table at this juncture, including scrapping the script entirely and starting over, the insiders tell us.
Key decisionmakers on "Fast 7" are Universal, director James Wan, the film's producers, and Vin Diesel — but the studio's insurance company could wind up having a lot of say. While the production has completely stopped, a source close to the film tells Yahoo that it's likely to resume next month and that the entire film won't be abandoned.
"At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on 'Fast & Furious 7' for a period of time," Universal said in a statement Wednesday.
Sadly, Walker isn't the only actor to die suddenly while working on a film. The unexpected death of a leading player can halt a movie in its tracks, left never to see the light of day. But under similar circumstances, other projects have still found their way to the theaters.
Here's a review of how the deaths of seven actors affected the films they never had a chance to complete.
1. Marylin Monroe, "Something's Got to Give"
With Monroe in a splashy nude pool scene that predates Christy Brinkley's in "Vacation" by a few decades, the comedy remains unfinished to this day. Monroe was initially fired from the film, then rehired. Her death in 1962 became the ultimate roadblock for the troubled film. (Warning: Brief nudity in the footage below.)