This story first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.The fiery crash that took Paul Walker’s life has plunged Universal Pictures into an unprecedented crisis. Executives are trying to find a way to salvage footage already shot for Fast & Furious 7 instead of starting fresh. But experts say that either way, this tragic twist could lead to the largest insurance claim in Hollywood history.Sources say writer Chris Morgan now is at work crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker’s character from the series using scenes already shot. If he succeeds, cast and crew could be called back to work by late January — but that’s a big if. PHOTOS: Paul Walker’s Career in Pictures The morning following Walker’s Nov. 30 death, top Universal execs held a conference call to mull the next steps. An insider stresses that the priority was supporting the shocked and bereaved family, cast and crew. NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer subsequently called all on that list to offer condolences.Studio chairman Donna Langley — in her first major leadership test since being promoted in September — and production co-president Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, the lead exec on the Fast… Read full this story
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