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Ellison to co-finance DiCaprio thriller ‘The Revenant’ Rodriguez hopes ‘Furious 7’ makes Walker proud

LOS ANGELES, July 12, (RTRS): Michelle Rodriguez is calling “Fast and Furious 7” the “roughest shoot” of her career, and hopes it makes Paul Walker proud. “15 years later Ride or Die through thick and thin we finally finished the hardest emotional roller coaster, #FF7,” Rodriguez wrote on Facebook on Thursday after the production wrapped reshoots. “Hope to make you proud P, love you.” The actress, who posed with costar Vin Diesel for a snapshot that accompanied the shout out to her fallen friend, also recognized the hard work from the rest of the cast and crew. “One love to a crew and cast that endured most likely the roughest shoot in their careers,” Rodrigues wrote in a separate post. “A labor done with love and respect for a legacy that will live on long after we’re gone.”

“Fast and the Furious 7” is directed by James Wan (“The Conjuring”). Universal was originally planning for the action movie to hit theaters this summer, just a year after the last scored big bucks at the box office, but Walker’s death delayed production. The movie, which will feature “Tokyo Drift” star Lucas Black returning to the franchise as well as Kurt Russell and Jason Statham, is now set to be released on April 3 next year. Eight months after the death of star Paul Walker put the breaks on production, “Fast & Furious 7” has finally finished the reshoots required to adjust the blockbuster after the tragedy. Walker’s cast mates reacted to his death on social media — Vin Diesel’s tribute was especially moving — and mourners flocked to the site where Walker’s car crashed and eventually killed him.

The long-running franchise eventually resumed production after rewrites and the decision to use Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, in certain shots to complete the actor’s story line. The film will be released on April 3, 2015. The message from the film’s staff is below: We made it. Today we completed the last shot in the production of FAST & FURIOUS 7. We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here. There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best FAST & FURIOUS movie yet.

Our FAST family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day. Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of LA. We came back to LA in FAST 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot.

There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Tyrese, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We’ve got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Djimon, Nathalie and our director, James. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work. Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul.


LOS ANGELES: Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is nearing a deal to co-finance Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “The Revenant,” a revenge thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, with New Regency, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Worldview Entertainment was slated to co-finance “The Revenant” but its CEO Christopher Woodrow recently left the company amid allegations of personal misconduct, prompting Worldview to pull out of the project as it gets its own house in order. With Inarritu currently in pre-production, “The Revenant” is in no danger of falling apart, as shooting is scheduled to start in September.

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