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Fast 8 Screenwriter Chris Morgan On Why They Chose Dominic To Betray The Family

The Fast and the Furious was the first DVD my family ever bought when we first got a DVD player back in 2002. It’s impressive that 15 years later the franchise is about to release their 8th film and still featuring some characters from the very first film like Domimic, played by Vin Diesal and Letty played by Michelle Rodriguez. Along the way they have picked up other “family” members like Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson and Roman Pearce, played by Tyrese Gibson to name a few. Unfortunately the Fast and the Furious family lost Brian, Paul Walker to a tragic accident during the final stages of Furious 7.

I bring up these characters as a reminder of one of the constant themes of this franchise, “family first”. This is important because in the upcoming film The Fate of the Furious Dom joins Cipher, played by Charlize Theron, as the adversaries of the film. After years of seeing Dom hold the crew together, why the sudden change? has an interview with the screenwriter for The Fate of the Furious Chris Morgan who gives us an answer.

I think that is a direct result of the last film. With Furious 7, everything that everyone had to go through considering the tragedy with Paul [Walker], and the real question during production — Do we shut down? Do we continue without him? What would that look like? Is there a way to do it that would give a good tribute to him? We all linked arms and came up with what I think is a really good end of the film that let people have a cathartic moment. We shared that all together.

That movie came out, did really well, and technically could have been the end of the franchise. We all agreed that we weren’t going to continue it unless there was a story that was so different, and really felt right for our characters. For seven films, Dom and the crew worked together and solved a big problem, and they stayed together as family. We all started thinking, if we’re gonna do something really different, let’s take that and turn it on its head. What Dom has been preaching for seven films — family, family, family, that’s the code you stick to it, no matter what — what happens if your father figure, your brother, the guy who has been giving you your moral compass for your entire life suddenly breaks his? It comes down to a question of faith. Do you hold close to that code anyway? Do you abandon it? I think that was what was most intriguing for us.

Just in terms of a bad guy for our team to go up against, we’ve seen them go after all sorts of bad guys. What happens if you have to go up against Dom?

Being that Dom and Brian were the two constants in the films besides The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, it makes sense that the loss of Paul Walker would compel the studio to make a dramatic change to a character like Dom. Although I will say that most likely I think its just a plot device that will be resolved by the end of the film. But like Morgan was saying, what do you do when the guy holding you together for so long turns on you? Will the crew still see him as family? It makes for a very interesting film that a lot of people are looking forward to see. Are you looking forward to seeing Dom as a bad guy? Or would you have preferred they had stayed the course?

The Fate of the Furious rushes into theaters April 14th, 2017.


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