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Chris Morgan reveals the original ending to Furious 7

04.12.2017

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Close to halfway through the shooting of FURIOUS 7, Paul Walker tragically died in car accident, leaving his friends and family to grieve and the future of FURIOUS 7 up in the air. As we now know, the sequel went through some fairly serious restructuring and, thanks to Paul Walker's brothers stepping in along with a healthy application of CGI, Walker's character of Bryan O'Conner was given the chance to ride off into the sunset.

Chris Morgan, who has written every installment of the franchise since TOKYO DRIFT, recently spoke with Collider about the long-running franchise and revealed how FURIOUS 7 was originally supposed to end.

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, it 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. But the core issue for Brian, Paul’s character, was this kind of ‘Who am I?’ sort of question. He’s a guy who used to be a cop and in the thick of the action and a racer, and all this stuff, and now he has an amazing wife, a kid and another one on the way. Then he starts to look at his life and it’s not a midlife crisis but to say—we said it in the movie, ‘I miss the bullets, I miss the action’ and the point of the adventure was to show by the end of it that the thing that’s truly important to him is his family and being there. 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 original ending isn't really that much of a departure from the one which we got, although O'Conner's decision to focus on his family is obviously a little more permanent. I was quite impressed with how Universal and director James Wan were able to complete Paul Walker's work and give his character a touching send off, but it was a tough decision to make as at one point they were considering scrapping the entire film.

We had him in a lot of the action stuff and not a lot of the dramatic sequences, and so those were gonna be impossible to get. Then we had the question of like—there was a real moment where not only were we all just emotionally devastated, but there was a real question of is it even possible to finish. There was a beat where we were actually all just thinking about just shutting it down and not going on with it, but we took a little time and everyone had a chance to grieve. Then we all started thinking about it and I started specifically thinking about, ‘How do we build that story? What do we have with Paul?’ and really for me it was about, ‘Can we give the audience a cathartic experience to say goodbye? Can we do something that is worthy of Paul that he would appreciate?’ So it really kind of came down to that last sequence, so I just ended up writing it out and I took it into the studio and I was like, ‘This is what I think the end of the movie is’ and they loved it and the studio loved it. That was the moment when we all agreed, ‘We need to do this.’

As well as considering scrapping FURIOUS 7 altogether, there was also talk of ending the franchise once FURIOUS 7 was received as well as it was. Chris Morgan said that they were thinking that it might have been appropriate to "go out on a good note and leave it alone," but that the FAST & FURIOUS team "made an agreement to say that we wouldn’t revisit this unless we had a story that did something dramatically different, that was worthy of being done." Is THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS that film? I suppose we'll soon find out once it hits theaters on April 14th.

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Source: Collider

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8:57PM on 04/13/2017
I always wondered how the movie was originally supposed to end, and I couldn't find anything about it online. Nice to see something about it finally. I don't want to sound callous, but I think Paul Walkers passing gave the film a better ending with his character. It makes more sense that he would want to stay away, and settle down. Of course had Paul lived we could see another film focused on his family. Maybe his daughter and wife are kidnapped, and the group has to rescue them.
I always wondered how the movie was originally supposed to end, and I couldn't find anything about it online. Nice to see something about it finally. I don't want to sound callous, but I think Paul Walkers passing gave the film a better ending with his character. It makes more sense that he would want to stay away, and settle down. Of course had Paul lived we could see another film focused on his family. Maybe his daughter and wife are kidnapped, and the group has to rescue them.
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9:40AM on 04/13/2017
I understand that what I am going to post is pretty morbid. But the original ending seemed so contrived. Like they wanted Brian's character arc to literally bring him back to the same spot as the beginning? He's questioning his role in life as a father and family man. He misses the action and bullets, etc. So he goes on another job, risks his life only to realize how important his wife and kid are but still go on heists?

I hate to say it, but if that was the original ending, then Paul
I understand that what I am going to post is pretty morbid. But the original ending seemed so contrived. Like they wanted Brian's character arc to literally bring him back to the same spot as the beginning? He's questioning his role in life as a father and family man. He misses the action and bullets, etc. So he goes on another job, risks his life only to realize how important his wife and kid are but still go on heists?

I hate to say it, but if that was the original ending, then Paul Walker dying is the best thing for the character of Brian O'Connor in the FF franchise. Because the actual ending in FF 7 is so much better. The character arc makes sense that he realizes how important his wife and kid are so he leaves the crime/espionage lifestyle behind to be with them instead. And the rest of the gang/family continue on without him.
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8:52PM on 04/13/2017
you know I feel the same way too.
you know I feel the same way too.
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9:35AM on 04/13/2017
Yea I still haven't seen this movie. One day I will, just not a fan like a lot of folks are
Yea I still haven't seen this movie. One day I will, just not a fan like a lot of folks are
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2:07AM on 04/13/2017
"Hes a guy who used to be a cop and in the thick of the action and a racer, and all this stuff"

And thats when I lost interest after the 4th movie. How many second chances does Brian throw away? From LAPD to Miami PD then to FBI and then he frees Dom?? It stopped making sense because why would he do that?

As silly as SuperFast was, it did raise a good point when "Hobbs" asked "O' Connor" if it was worth it throwing away his cop pay for a $100m lavish lifestyle with a hotgirl whose a
"Hes a guy who used to be a cop and in the thick of the action and a racer, and all this stuff"

And thats when I lost interest after the 4th movie. How many second chances does Brian throw away? From LAPD to Miami PD then to FBI and then he frees Dom?? It stopped making sense because why would he do that?

As silly as SuperFast was, it did raise a good point when "Hobbs" asked "O' Connor" if it was worth it throwing away his cop pay for a $100m lavish lifestyle with a hotgirl whose a criminal.
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8:14AM on 04/13/2017
He never worked for Miami PD. sooo get your facts straight.
He never worked for Miami PD. sooo get your facts straight.
9:34AM on 04/13/2017
Considering how much cops make, it's always worth it to throw away your "cop pay" for a $100 million lavish lifestyle with a hotgirl whose a criminal. Brian O'Connor didn't keep getting second chances, he just kept making the right decision.
Considering how much cops make, it's always worth it to throw away your "cop pay" for a $100 million lavish lifestyle with a hotgirl whose a criminal. Brian O'Connor didn't keep getting second chances, he just kept making the right decision.
12:52PM on 04/13/2017
@The_ConMan, whatever my memory is fuzzy because i'm no longer a fan.

@MickLoud, I'd only buy that character-shift if he was a crooked-cop to begin with. Its either he was an insecure p!$$y whipped guy in desperate need of friends, like that lonely kid on the playground, or one of those many fan-theories that suggest he was gay for Dom the whole time, and I missed it.

James Bond had many chances to be rich & powerful but despite the glamourous lifestyles of his foes, he still stuck to his
@The_ConMan, whatever my memory is fuzzy because i'm no longer a fan.

@MickLoud, I'd only buy that character-shift if he was a crooked-cop to begin with. Its either he was an insecure p!$$y whipped guy in desperate need of friends, like that lonely kid on the playground, or one of those many fan-theories that suggest he was gay for Dom the whole time, and I missed it.

James Bond had many chances to be rich & powerful but despite the glamourous lifestyles of his foes, he still stuck to his day job.
2:26PM on 04/13/2017
I don't think you're totally off base, but you find out in later movies O'Connor is terrified of becoming his father meaning he probably came from a bit of a broken home. So I think it's "natural" his character gravitated toward people that provided a family element. I could be off my rocker but just my two cents as to why he turned his back on the law.
I don't think you're totally off base, but you find out in later movies O'Connor is terrified of becoming his father meaning he probably came from a bit of a broken home. So I think it's "natural" his character gravitated toward people that provided a family element. I could be off my rocker but just my two cents as to why he turned his back on the law.
9:58PM on 04/12/2017
RIP Paul Walker

RIP Charlie Murphy
RIP Paul Walker

RIP Charlie Murphy
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6:19PM on 04/12/2017

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There was also talk of ending the franchise once FURIOUS 7 was received as well as it was. Chris Morgan said that they were thinking that it might have been appropriate to "go out on a good note and leave it alone," but that the FAST & FURIOUS team realized "Wait, but we still want more money." So they decided to continue the franchise for as long as humanly possible.
There was also talk of ending the franchise once FURIOUS 7 was received as well as it was. Chris Morgan said that they were thinking that it might have been appropriate to "go out on a good note and leave it alone," but that the FAST & FURIOUS team realized "Wait, but we still want more money." So they decided to continue the franchise for as long as humanly possible.
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7:36PM on 04/12/2017
And to be fair...why not? Since 5, these movies have found a whole new level and I've been a fan since the beginning. Family man...family! :o)
And to be fair...why not? Since 5, these movies have found a whole new level and I've been a fan since the beginning. Family man...family! :o)
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