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The Man Who Saved the ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise: An Interview With ‘Furious 7’ Writer Chris Morgan

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by Matt Singer 2 hours ago
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There are a lot of heroes in the Fast & Furious movies, but the unsung hero of the Fast & Furious movies is screenwriter Chris Morgan, who joined the franchise at its lowest point and helped transform a dying property about a couple of street racers into one of the most popular series (with one of the most cleverly complex mythologies) in all of Hollywood. It was Morgan’s idea to take the series international for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and to bring back the original franchise stars, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, which happened in the fourth film, 2009’s Fast & Furious. Six years later, Furious 7 is primed to open in theaters, and even after the tragic passing of Walker in 2013, the series now shows no signs of slowing down. Diesel’s so confident in the movie that he’s already predicted it will win the Best Picture Oscar at next year’s Academy Awards (Morgan’s reaction when I asked if he wanted to double down on Diesel’s bet: “Uh ... [laughs] no comment.”)

After Paul Walker's Death, How Should Universal Handle the 'Fast and Furious' Franchise?

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by Mike Sampson December 2, 2013 @ 9:05 AM
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As movie fans worldwide continue to try and cope with the tragic lost of actor Paul Walker, executives at Universal Pictures returned to work over the Thanksgiving weekend to try and figure out how exactly they should move forward with 'Fast and Furious 7,' the latest installment in the massively successful franchise that hasn't finished shooting yet. The film was on hiatus for the holiday, but was expected to resume filming today in Atlanta, with additional filming still to take place in Abu Dhabi.
There is no obvious answer on how the film should deal with Walker's death, but there are three main options.