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Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan talks justice for Han, going to space and the future of the franchise

August 1st, 2019 by Marc Comments

With everyone stoked for Hobbs & Shaw this weekend (here’s my review) everyone is wondering what’s next in the Fast & Furious world and Chris Morgan, who has written all the FF movies since the third entry, Tokyo Drift, is happy to give us some pointers about what’s coming.

One of the biggest issues fans have with the franchise is how Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) has yet to pay for the death of Han (Sung Kang) in the third movie. Sure, to me, Shaw rescuing Dom’s son was pretty much redemption, but for some fans it’s not enough and Morgan acknowledges that.

“Han is a character that I adore,” he says. “I would say that the super-arc for Deckard Shaw is going to be one of the most interesting, cool, rewarding character arcs in the franchise. Justice for Han is owed. It’s something we have discussed for a very long time and want to give the right due to. I think the audience will be satisfied and should know it’s coming.”

On the latest movie, Hobbs & Shaw, he acknowledges there is a little nod to this redemption arc: “There’s a line in Hobbs & Shaw [when] Shaw says to his sister: ‘There’s things I’ve done that I have to make amends for’. That line was specifically written and put in there just to let everyone know that he is talking about Han — it is on his mind. It tortures him, and he’s going to get to it.”

I know this will be music to the ears of many fans.

Another long-time FF thing has been how the franchise gets crazier and crazier and some joked that eventually we’ll see the gang go into space… well, it could happen.

“nothing’s out of the question,” he says.

“It just has to be cool and it has to be good,” he goes on, “You know, that’s the thing. I would say nothing is off-limits as long as we can stay on the right side of keeping the audience engaged.”

But what of the future of the franchise?

We know the ninth instalment is in the works and there’s an animated companion series coming from Netflix, but is that all the plans?

“There are a lot of things at work over Universal and I’ll let them announce things in their time, but a lot of stuff is going on,” Morgan says.

“I would just say I always look at the Fast universe kind of like a spider web. Which is there are all these strings and stories and characters and they veer out and they take different directions, but then they come back and one story affects the whole. I see all these characters interweaving throughout the Fast universe. I think that’s what makes it special and cool, and in a world that people want to come to see again.”

I’ve admitted often that I’m an unapologetic fan of this big, silly series, so the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned. The franchise has just gotten better and better since the second movie, so I’m here for it all.

What say you all? Are you in?

Sources: EW, Polygon and io9

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….