After the tragic death of actor Paul Walker in November, Universal Pictures was forced to indefinitely shut down production on Fast & Furious 7, to determine how to proceed with the franchise in the wake of this loss. Today we have word that production is slated to begin on or near April 1, giving director James Wan just over one year to complete the sequel, which is now set for release on April 10, 2015.
The shoot is scheduled to last between six and eight weeks in Atlanta, where production had been taking place prior to Paul Walker's passing. The sequel was just over halfway completed when the actor was killed in a fiery car crash over Thanksgiving weekend. Screenwriter Chris Morgan and director James Wan delved through the footage that was already shot and tweaked the script, with the studio making the decision in January to "retire" Paul Walker's character Brian O'Connor, as opposed to killing him off, allowing him to walk off into the sunset as the franchise continues.
This news comes just a few weeks after a report where Fast & Furious 7 co-star Kurt Russell revealed that production would start up again this April. While this new report reveals shooting will resume in Atlanta, the actor also mentioned other cities such as Dubai and Los Angeles, although those locations have not been confirmed.