Porsche is not taking a lawsuit against them for the death of Paul Walker lightly. Attorneys for the car company are stating that The Fast and the Furious actor is responsible for his own death in a car crash that happened over Thanksgiving weekend 2013. They claim that Paul Walker knew full well the risks of driving shotgun in the 2005 Carrera GT that took his life. And they assert that he conducted himself in a manner that ultimately led to his death nearly two years ago.
Porsche goes onto maintain that the Carrera was not properly maintained, and that it was misused on this particular occasion. Paul Walker, who was an auto buff and car enthusiast, is being called a 'knowledgeable and sophisticated user' of the sports car by the company. The response comes two months after Meadow Walker, Paul's daughter, sued Porsche in a wrongful-death lawsuit.Read More
The lawsuit alleges that the car was travelling 71 miles per hour at the time of the crash, not 100 mph. The plaintiffs also claim that Paul Walker would still be alive today, if the Porsche Carerra GT he was riding in was properly equipped, citing weak building materials and fuel lines, along with the seat belt. Roger Rodas' widow, Kristine M. Rodas, filed a similar wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche in May 2014, but the lawsuit was pushed back by the auto manufacturer, claiming that both deaths were caused by Rodas' driving. Both Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were experienced drivers, who took the Porsche Carerra GT out for a drive after a charity event on November 30, 2013. The actor was still shooting Furious 7 when the fatal accident occurred, during the production's Thanksgiving break. The LA County Coroner's office determined that the actor died of trauma and burn injuries.
After a lengthy delay following the beloved actor's death, production resumed on Furious 7 in April 2014, with the late actor's brothers, Caleb Walker and Cody Walker, serving as stand-ins. Director James Wan and screenwriter Chris Morgan extensively reworked the script during the production hiatus, giving Paul Walker's character Brian O'Connor a touching send-off. Furious 7 opened in theaters this April, earning a whopping $1.5 billion worldwide in its theatrical release.Read More
When Furious 7 hits theaters next weekend, it will be the last time the late Paul Walker will ever be seen on the big screen. The actor passed away in November 2013, while on a brief Thanksgiving hiatus from shooting Furious 7, which lead to the production shutting down for several months, not only for the actors to mourn their friend, but for the filmmakers to figure out how to give him a proper send-off. We reported last April that the actor's brothers, Cody Walker and Caleb Walker, served as stand-ins for Paul when production resumed, but now we have new details about how visual effects artists re-created the late actor.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Peter Jackson's Weta Digital effects house took unused footage from previous Fast and Furious movies to re-create a digital version of Paul Walker for the rest of the Furious 7 production. The process is said to be similar to the one used on the 2000 Best Picture winner Gladiator, where visual effects artists used footage from outtakes to digitally re-create actor Oliver Reed, after he suffered a fatal heart attack during the production. A similar process was also used to digitally replace late actress Nancy Marchand, after she passed away when The Sopranos was in production.Read More
A new Furious 7 clip shows off why this may be the best sequel in the long running series. Watch from the edge of your seat as just one minute from this 2 hour adventure proves to be more exciting than anything we've seen at the theater this year. We're treated to one very tense moment from the opening action scene, which finds Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor leaping from the front of a speeding car to attack his enemy, which he quickly throws into moving traffic.
Don't worry, Universal isn't giving away all the best moments. Even though we've already seen Dom and Brian's crew assembled in a previous clip, and the big climactic fight scene between Jason Statham and Vin Diesel revealed in another, Furious 7 will still have quite a lot to offer that has yet to be spoiled in these scenes the the studio seems to be releasing both fast and quite furiously. Reviews from the early SXSW screening promise that there are at least 7 epic action set pieces, a record for any of the previous installments in this hyper-intense series.Read More
When Furious 7 arrives in three short weeks, it will certainly be a bittersweet occasion. As you well know by now, franchise star Paul Walker passed away in the midst of filming. The latest sequel will give his character Brian O'Conner a proper send-off, and promises to pay tribute to the actor one final time before he makes his on-screen departure. We have a new clip that helps honor his memory, with Brian arriving as part of Dom's re-assembled crew. The team is back together for what will be their final mission! But that's not all...A second clip teases the epic fight scene between Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Jason Statham.
In Furious 7, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of their crew are able to return to the United States after defeating Owen Shaw. They can finally live normal lives again as they had wanted. But when Owen's older brother Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) shows up, he only has revenge for his brother's death on his mind. He is soon targeting Dom and his family, placing everyone in danger once again. After learning of Han's death, the crew sets out to find the man who killed one of their own, before he finds them first.Read More