Fast & Furious 7: Paul Walker’s Character Brian O’Conner Could Still Die, Writer Says

January 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner could still be killed in “Fast & Furious 7,” writer Chris Morgan has revealed.

A report earlier this month from The Hollywood Reporter, relying on a source, said that it had been decided to have O’Conner “retire” instead of die.

But Morgan told IGN that no definitive decisions have been made at this point. 

I mean at this point, everyone took a break and we’re having time to grieve,” the writer said. “And now everyone is coming together, linking arms and trying to figure out what the best way forward is. And that’s kind of the stage we’re at right now. Everyone is motivated to make it something special and move forward in the right way.”

“I saw that and I wasn’t quite sure where that was coming from,” Morgan said in reference to the THR report. “There’s nothing set in stone at all. Those are the conversations we’re just now having. Nothing’s decided. Everything is still open and on the table.”

Morgan said that he and others involved with the movie have concerns about dealing with Walker’s death and what will happen in the movie.

“All I can say is that we’re just kind of huddled and we’ll find the right way to move forward,” he said. 

Walker died in a fiery car crash on November 30, 2013.

Morgan said that it was a shock having to re-write the script following the death.

 “It is a crazy thing that I haven’t seen in Hollywood before, and not to that level,” he said. “To have to deal with a loss halfway through a movie like that. And such a great guy, it’s really stunning.”

He emphasized that Walker was a kind person and typically good-natured. 

“It’s horrifying,” Morgan said. “It’s something no one ever expected. Especially Paul. It’s like, everyone comments on this because it’s true: I don’t know anybody else that after they pass only good stories come out. Name one bad one, there’s none. Because the guy…I mean I would go to dinner with him and the wait staff would come over and he would engage in thirty minute conversations with them. I’ve seen actors do that before where they’re being polite. He was not that way. He was genuinely engaged and laughing. I mean an incredible guy, an incredible guy.”

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