The end of the Furious 7 contained a fitting tribute to Paul Walker, who’s life was tragically cut short during a filming break of the highly successful The Fast & The Furious franchise. Back in November 2013, he was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed into a concrete lamppost at about 100 mph and burst into flames, killing both Walker and the driver. After his death, both of Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb, and with the help of a lot of CGI, joined in to help finish the production of the film.
Now the two brothers can be seen in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, where they shared a shocking bit of information about Paul Walker’s (Brian O’Conner) potential return to The Fast and The Furious franchise:
“We had a really good talk with Vin [Diesel]. Vin is like the godfather, he really is, and he kind of became our godfather in a weird way,” Caleb recounted. “He obviously knew Paul so well, he shared things with us that Cody and I [didn’t know.]”
“Paul kept a lot of things about work kind of quiet with his family and friends, and so we were able to learn some things through [his co-stars],” he added.
While Furious 7 paid farewell to Paul’s character, Brian O’Conner, in an emotional parting of the ways, it seems that discussions have taken place regarding O’Conner making a brief cameo in the franchise in the future, with the help of Caleb and Cody.
“I had a phone call with Vin for about an hour and we really discussed this a while back. He wanted [our] blessing,” Caleb said, adding that Diesel asked if and when they thought it “would be acceptable to maybe bring Paul’s character back… to really kind of let his fans know he’s still out there.”
“Universal wants to make sure to be respectful of Paul and his image too, and his family,” Cody added.
We don’t know how you, the readers and viewers of the F&F franchise, feel about this revelation, but we think it’s a colossally bad idea and very poor taste if it were to happen. Paul Walker’s death was a tragic moment not just for his family, but also for his fans and fans of the franchise. The tribute at the end of Furious 7 was well fitting and was a way for millions to properly say goodbye. To have the Paul Walker come back on screen in any capacity “to let his fans know he’s still out there” might just be a terrible way of drawing people to the theaters.
The next iteration of the series, Furious 8, will be in theaters April 14th, 2017