Furious 7 has a very special place in the Fast and Furious franchise not only because of its box office success, but also because of the beautiful send-off to the Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner.However, things almost ended a little differently. According to
However, things almost ended a little differently. According to Fate of the Furious writer Chris Morgan, the first script to the seventh installment involved returning back to its original form.
The unexpected death of Walker forced the franchise to rethink not just Furious 7, but future movies as well. The beloved actor died while in the midst of filming the seventh installment so, after everyone has decided to continue making the movie despite the absence of one of the lead stars, the script had to be rewritten.
To promote the new movie, Morgan talked to Collider to talk about how the franchise was supposed to look like if Walker is still around.
“Well, the original ending, if I remember correctly, was our guys end up solving the problem and then kind of becoming—again, going more outlaw,” he explained. “[I]t was sort of a happier ending that kind of ends with the insinuation that they were gonna go off onto this heist or this job.”
However, it looks like it will still involve Brian heading off to a different path. Even as a family man contented with his life with his wife and kids, Brian looks back into the life he led. As a former cop and racer, Brian will miss the action and the adventure.
“It wouldn’t mean that he has to stop those adventures or those things, but the context is just a little bit different,” Morgan said. “[H]e has a different understanding of who he is at his core and what’s most important in life.”
That does offer a happier ending than the one that ended up in the movie. In Furious 7, the character said goodbye to his friends and retire from the high-octane atmosphere of car racing and heists. But he will forever remain at the heart of the franchise.
Timothy Olyphant as Dom Toretto?
In other news, new reports claim that Vin Diesel is not the studio’s first choice to play the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast & The Furious. According to movie producer Neil H. Moritz, in an interview with Bill Simmons (via Daily Mail), the role was initially offered to Timothy Olyphant.
Moritz recounted that he has worked with Walker prior to Fast & Furious and, therefore, was first to be cast. However, finding Dom proved to be a problem.
The studio told them that if Olyphant signs up, the movie will be made. Fortunately, Olyphant turned the project down and the job was offered to Diesel.
But even Diesel did not think that the role was for him either. “It wouldn’t mean that he has to stop those adventures or those things, but the context is just a little bit different, he has a different understanding of who he is at his core and what’s most important in life,” the producer said.
In the end, it all worked out. While Olyphant is not a part of what would eventually become a successful movie franchise, he now stars in Netflix’s Sta. Clarita Diet which has recently been renewed for Season 2. Meanwhile, Diesel keeps the
Meanwhile, Diesel keeps the Fast and Furious franchise running with his family more than a decade since he was first approached for the role of the street racer and public menace Dom.
Watch the actor turn rogue in Fate of the Furious where he stars alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Scott Eastwood and Kurt Russell. Charlize Theron also joined the franchise as the cyberterrorist called Cipher. Dame Helen Mirren also appear.
The Fate of the Furious opens on Friday, Apr. 14, in theaters worldwide.
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