This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Universal Pictures' decision Wednesday to shut down production of
"Fast & Furious 7" was among the biggest movies to date to film in Georgia, which has experienced a surge in production since 2008, when the state expanded its film tax credit from 15% to a maximum of 30%.
The film tax credit was one of the chief draws for "Fast & Furious 7," which began production in Georgia on Sept. 9 and was scheduled to shoot through Jan. 10, according to the Georgia Film Office. Filming was due to resume after the Thanksgiving weekend but was halted following Walker's death in a car accident in Valencia on Saturday.
The studio released a statement Wednesday confirming that it won't be resuming production on the movie's Atlanta set for an undefined period.
"'Fast & Furious' is one of the largest film productions we have had in Georgia,'' said Stefanie Paupeck, spokeswoman for the Georgia Film Office.
The movie has an estimated budget of about $160 million and employed more than 100 crew members. It was also scheduled to shoot in Abu Dhabi.
Most recently, the "Fast & Furious" crew had been filming at a new development in Gwinnett County called the Atlanta Media Campus & Studios, where producers had built sets and used a large blue screen outside, Paupeck said.
Other "Fast & Furious 7" filming locations included downtown Atlanta, including the Georgia World Congress Center, Ft. Gillem, and a rock quarry in Stockbridge.
Georgia is now one of the leading film destinations outside of California.
Film productions generated $3.3 billion in economic impact in Georgia during fiscal year 2013, according to a recent report from the Film Office.
In addition to "Fast & Furious 7," the state is hosting the two installments of "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay" (
For the record, December 6: A previous version of this post described "Barely Lethal" as a TV series. It is a movie.