Can the series stand without Walker? "I believe it can," says Langley. "We think there are at least three more. Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story, but there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there."
Langley does, however, admit that the Universal is mindful of "fatigue", so all involved clearly have a keen eye on the fine line between milking a franchise and flogging a horse.
Furious 7's director this time out is James Wan (The Conjuring), and finds Diesel's Dom, Paul Walker's Brian and the rest of the gang dealing with the fallout from part six, as Owen Shaw's villainous brother Ian (Jason Statham) plots revenge against the crew.
With Dwayne Johnson back once again as Luke Hobbs and new recruits Kurt Russell (Death Proof), Tony Jaa (Ong-bak), Ronda Rousey (The Expendables 3) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) swelling the cast, expect the usual vehicular flair and quippy teamwork when Fast & Furious 7, as it will be called here in the UK, arrives on 3 April next year.