What's The Fate Of Paul Walker's Upcoming Films?
Despite Paul Walker's death over the weekend, producers from his latest film "Hours" have decided to move forward with the release as planned.
On Saturday, the actor, 40, died in a car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif., just two weeks before the film was set for a limited theater release. Walker and his business partner Roger Rodas attended a charity event, and the Porsche they were driving in crashed into a lightpost and tree and burst into flames.
Executives from "Hours" production companies met on Sunday to decide what to do and agreed to continue on with the release as planned.
Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger told The Hollywood Reporter, "After lots of back and forth, this is our decision. It's Paul's tour de force. He's in every frame of the movie. Paul would have very much wanted us to move forward. He was incredibly proud of this project.
"We did a press junket two weeks ago, and I remember sitting with him and how excited he was for people to see this movie. He really looked to this movie to show people that he is an actor. He was looking for something to showcase his acting skills, which he so rarely had the chance to do. He hit it out of the park."
"Hours," which takes place in the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, features Walker as a soon-to-be dad who rushes to a New Orleans hospital after his wife goes into early labor. The birth goes wrong, and he becomes cut-off from the rest of the world with his sick newborn when the storm hits and the hospital is forced to evacuate.
As for "Fast & Furious 7," Universal execs are still determining how to carry on with the franchise, which Walker was on hiatus from at the time of his death.