Universal — using face-replacement technology and the late Paul Walker’s brothers to finish the film — is in a tense negotiation to get reimbursed as the costs soar past $250 million. When Paul Walker was killed in November in the midst of shooting Fast & Furious 7, it was clear the actor’s untimely death could trigger by far the largest insurance claim in Hollywood history. That now appears to be the case as the project is undergoing an effects-packed 13-week shoot that will culminate in July with an enormous crowd scene using 600 people in the town of Rosamond, near Bakersfield, Calif. But according to a source with knowledge of the situation, there is growing tension between Universal Pictures and its insurer, Fireman’s Fund, over the size of a record-smashing claim in the ballpark of $50 million. PHOTOS: Paul Walker’s Career in Pictures The cost of finishing Fast & Furious 7, originally budgeted at $200 million, will be daunting, even though a person with ties to the project says the storyline has not changed drastically.
Photos taken this week on the Malibu set of Fast & Furious 7 reveal Cody Walker standing in for his brother as he walks the beach with Jordana Brewster — who plays O'Conner's wife, Mia Toretto — and their on-screen son, Jack.
It was a rare moment of speechlessness for Vin Diesel. Accepting his MTV Movie Award in the Best On-Screen Duo category, the actor was seen in a video posted to Facebook just today choking up and overcome with emotion as he spoke about his co-recipient, the late Paul Walker. The two actors and friends won for their big screen pairing in last year’s summer action hit “Fast & Furious 6.” But it wasn’t until a day after the show that the acceptance speech hit the web. "But I know he’s here in spirit." The tears began to run however as Diesel finshed his thought: “Thank you for honoring me, and more importantly thank you for honoring that angel, my brother Paul Walker.” [Related: The Rock Opens Up About Paul Walker’s Death: My Heart Hurts for His Daughter] The taped tribute by Diesel, posted to his Facebook page on Monday, was actually supposed to air during Sunday night’s show, Yahoo Movies has learned. Diesel couldn’t be at Sunday’s show because he was on location outside of the country, filming “Fast & Furious 7.” "Back in 2002 it was you, the MTV audience, that first acknowledged this brotherhood between Paul Walker and myself — by honoring us with the best team on film,” Diesel said in his speech.
"Fast & Furious 7" has found a way to go on shooting without Paul Walker. Cody Walker, in his mid-twenties and the youngest of the three Walker brothers, is a trained paramedic and now works with is late brother’s Reach Out Worldwide charity. Caleb Walker is in his late thirties.
Paul Walker is tragically gone, but he's not about to be forgotten. Nearly a month after he lost his life in a fiery car crash, the star is still front and center in the minds of hisFast & Furious family. Vin Diesel took to Facebook to share a never-before-seen picture from his final scene [...]
Vin Diesel shared a little bit more on how he is coping after the sudden death of his friend andFast and Furious co-star Paul Walker, posting to his Facebook page on Friday:
Paul Walker, the edgy action hero with all-American good looks who became an international star withThe Fast & the Furious movie franchise, has died in a fiery car collision in Southern California. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences." [Related: "Fast Stars and More Tweet Reactions to Paul Walker's Death"] The identity of the second victim, a male, has not been released by authorities;