The tragic death of Paul Walker put the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 into a state of limbo as the producers scramble to figure out how they’re going to deal with the loss of the star. But elsewhere, Hollywood moves on. Now that a coveted mid-summer release date is available, with no other competitors to thwart its opening weekend take, it looks like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be shifting its big screen debut up a week.
Formerly planned to release on July 18th of next year, Dawn is now schedule for July 11th. There’s no one there to do battle with it, so that could mean good news for the Apes franchise being that Fast & Furious is a huge money-maker. The fewer blockbusters they have to do battle with, the better.
As for Fast and Furious 7, still no word of what they plan to do with it. They could try to make due with what they have completed so far or, perhaps more likely and much more expensive, they’ll start from scratch. Considering how much this franchise makes, it wouldn’t be much out of their pocketbook in the long run. Of course, that means leaving Walker’s last movie unfinished, which many might consider to be a pretty fkd up move.
Thanks to Screenrant for the heads-up.