The Fate of the Furious

I love the action in these movies. In your opinion, what is the most ridiculous action scene in the franchise so far?

The one that always triggers me is in 6. It’s on the highway where Dom sees Letty is about to go flying off into the abyss, so he kind of surfs on the top of his car, speeding at 90 miles an hour. He smashes into a barrier, and he goes flying, and she goes flying, and he catches her, and they both crash into a car together. And later in the movie, she goes, ‘How’d you know that car would be there to break our fall?’ [Laughs] The physics of that alone always kind of astound me. That’s the one where I think we break reality the most.

That’s actually my next question. When you’re writing the action scenes, how far is too far? Do you ever consult physicists to see what’s actually possible?

Yeah, I will do it to find out. I kind of live in the world of, it’s reality, but heightened reality. We push it a little bit, but not so far that hopefully, it won’t break your enjoyment of the film or care for the characters. Fast 6, that runway sequence – there’s been a ton of stuff online where if you actually do the math, the runway is 26 miles long at that speed to do that sequence. Fair enough, you know? But that’s what I mean by heightened reality. I think as long as you continue to be engrossed in the action and the character moments that are happening in front of you, then I’ll go for it. But I will talk a lot of times to car guys or like a physicist or a scientist about, ‘What’s the maximum, most plausible version of this?’ And then I’ll play with that edge a little bit.

Have you ever used NOS in your personal life?

Oh, in L.A.? Not likely. [Laughs] L.A. freeways? Absolutely not. I’d love to, though.

[Laughs] Not even for research purposes?

No. Traffic over here is like, if I’m doing over 30 miles per hour, I’m lucky.

Yeah, I feel you. So how early do you start working on an official treatment for the next film?

It varies. Kind of like I was saying with Vin, while we’re doing one of the films, we’ll start talking and daydreaming about other ideas and it’ll be a loose thing then. But as soon as the studio plants a flag and officially decides ‘we’re going to do the next one,’ that’s really when we get serious about a treatment or an outline or a scriptment or something like that.

Have they done that yet for Fast 9? Have you started work on that movie already?

No, we’re still sort of talking about it. Vin and I have talked about this one for a while, because the intent is to do 8, 9, and 10 and to make it a trilogy. So how do they all connect, what are we moving toward, what’s that final end point? We’ve been playing around with that stuff, and the studio has announced dates on it, but in terms of the script actually being written right now, we’re not at that stage yet.

Is there anything at all that you can tell me about those conversations that you’ve had about Fast 9? Any hint at all about what we might see?

Not really, other than just the things we set up in 8, we’re going to pay off in the trilogy. But other than that, it’s all kind of under wraps, unfortunately.

I think I have time for one more question. What’s the latest on the Universal Monsters franchise? How’s that going?

It’s going awesome. We have The Mummy coming out in June. That’s been a great experience. Tom [Cruise], and Russell Crowe, and Sofia [Boutella], and Annabelle [Wallis], and Jake Johnson. The movie, I don’t know if you saw the latest trailer that came out, but I think that trailer is so cool. So cool. I think that’s going to be a really fun, scary, action-y, great movie. And beyond that, we’re developing Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, Wolfman, on and on, and just figuring out each of those films and how they work into their own franchise. It’s been great – working with great writers, and the creativity level is super, super high. It’s a job, honestly, that I would pay to do. Coming to work every day is a treat. I mean, I have a werewolf head on the wall of my office that I’m sitting in right now. [Laughs] Life is not bad when you have a werewolf head mounted on your wall.

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The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14, 2017.

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