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Furious 7 Director Talks Original Ending
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Furious 7 arrived in theaters this weekend breaking box office records worldwide and now director, James Wan, is sharing some details on the film’s original ending. Today’s episode of Clevver News Feed is brought to you by the new movie, The Longest Ride in theaters April 10th! The 7th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise sped into theaters this weekend earning a record breaking $143.6 million in the US and $384 million worldwide shattering last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $95 million April debut record and becoming the fourth biggest global opening in history behind two Harry Potter films and The Avengers. It also became the biggest debut in the film’s franchise and of course that had a lot to do with both longtime fans of the series and newcomers interested to see how they would handle the death of star Paul Walker. Spoiler warning if you weren’t one of the millions who saw the film over the weekend, but the film ends with a tear-jerking tribute to the late star utilizing scenes of Paul Walker from the previous films and CGI with the help of his real life brothers to create a scene with Walker’s Brian and Vin Diesel’s “Don” taking one final ride as Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” plays. As the pair drives side-by-side, the road eventually splits with Walker exiting to the left as Dom continues on. It was a proper sendoff in what was an almost impossible task, but it was of course not the original way the film was set to end. Director James Wan recently spoke with Collider and though he didn’t get into specifics about the film’s original ending, he did reveal that it was to be a set-up for the 8th installment saying quote, “The original ending of Furious 7 was setting up, you know, the bigger world of where the Fast and Furious franchise could go into...But when the tragedy happened, all of that became irrelevant...And to the studio’s credit, they did not push for that. They realized how important it was to make a movie that finishes and that just outright is a tribute to Paul Walker." Though an 8th installment hasn’t officially been greenlit, it does seem inevitable and Diesel teased what could be next when he visited Jimmy Kimmel Live saying that the franchise will likely travel to New York with Kurt Russell’s government agent “Mr. Nobody” playing a large role in the plot of the next film. We’ll definitely let you know once we hear more about Fast and Furious 8, but what did you think of Furious 7 and were you happy with how they said goodbye to Paul Walker? Head down to the comments or tweet us @ClevverMovies and tells us what you thought and then click here to find out how we ranked all 7 Fast and Furious movies. For now, I’m Danielle Robay, thanks for watching and we’ll see you soon with more movie news!
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